The Superior High School volleyball team came up short Tuesday night in the SHS gym, falling to the Hibbing Bluejackets 3-1(25-13, 25-27, 25-20, 25-19).
Hibbing (3-2) cruised to a 25-13 win in game one, but things were much different in the following three games.
After trailing 3-0 and 7-5 in game two, Superior took a 9-7 lead with four straight points with Jessica Lindstrom serving. The Bluejackets got the serve back and eventually took a 16-11 lead.
With Alison Wainionpaa serving the Spartans scored five straight points and tied the game at 16-16.
The game was tied seven more times before Superior served for game-point with a 24-23 lead. Hibbing survived the point, but couldn’t do so a second time as Superior pulled out a 27-25 win by scoring two points with Alex Olson serving.
Game 3 was also close and was tied 19-19 before Hibbing score six of the next seven points for a 25-20 win.
The Spartans fell behind 6-0 in the fourth game and could get no closer than six points down the stretch before losing 25-19.
The Spartans will compete in the Northwestern Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Hibbing def. Superior 25-13, 25-27, 25-20, 25-19 — S: Ali Wainionpaa 20SA, 5AS, 12D; Maddie Keute 11SA, 6D; Jessica Lindstrom 14K, 9B, 6D; Dani Magdzas 11K, 4B; Ally Keute 9D; Taylor Johnson 5K, 5D. H: Courtney Wirtanen 33SA, 6AS; Ebony Gray 17K, 5B, 12D; Kailey Wirtanen 14K, 17D, 3B; C.J. Jesperson 15D; Molly McKenzie 12D.