GRINNELL, Iowa—The Faith Eagles traveled to Darby Gymnasium in Grinnell Tuesday night to take on the red-hot Grinnell Pioneers, who were looking to improve to 5-0 and break a school record for the best start in program history.
The Eagles fell behind early in the first set as the Pioneers jumped to a 7-0 lead off of six straight kills from the tall attackers of Grinnell. After falling behind 22-2, the Eagles were able to mount a small rally of four straight points, but Grinnell answered with three straight of their own, taking the first set, 25-6.
The second set began like the first, with Grinnell pouncing to an 8-0 lead. The Eagles fell behind 16-2 before a nice rally pulled them within nine points at 19-8. Faith showed marked improvement in set two, but fell, 25-12.
The Eagles used the confidence gained from the second set to jump to its first lead in the third, a 5-0 lead before a flurry of aces from the Pioneers gave Grinnell full control and the 25-9 win and their best start in school history.
The Eagles will have another chance at their first win of the season on Friday night against Maranatha at 7:30 p.m. at Ankeny Christian Academy. It will be the first match of the 2019 season for the Sabercats.