WARREN — First-year Warren Regina volleyball coach Cindy Hison earlier this season said it was important for the Saddlelites to maintain their intensity over the course of each match if they wanted to have a strong year.
That issue arose Sept. 20, as Regina fell to Livonia Ladywood 25-22, 25-12, 25-16 in the Saddlelites' Catholic High School League Central Division opener.
The setback puts Regina at 14-9, 0-1 CHSL Central on the season.
"They kind of held their heads a little bit after the first set, and that's something we have to work on," said Hison, whose team held a 20-14 lead in the first game before the Blazers (16-6, 1-1 CHSL Central) rallied for a 25-22 win.
"But they never quit. They fought really hard all night."
The first game saw the Saddlelites build as much as a seven-point advantage before the Ladywood comeback.
Outside of a 2-1 lead early in the second game, Regina had to fight uphill before the Blazers swept the matchup. Ladywood held as many as a 15-point lead in the second game and a nine-point advantage in the third and final game.
"I'm pleased with their effort, and I think we're making progress," Hison said. "We just have to make it a point to attack throughout the course of a match."
The Saddlelites will look to get back on the winning track when they travel to Port Huron High for the Port Huron Invitational, set for 8 a.m. Sept. 22.