GIBSONBURG — Cassidy Rhodes led a nine-point service rally to give Danbury a Game 1 lead.
However, the Lakers, struggling with their service returns the entire evening, fell to Gibsonburg 25-20, 25-9, 25-12 in a Monday Toledo Area Athletic Conference match.
Trailing the Golden Bears (5-2, 2-0) 15-8, Rhodes took the ball after an attacking error, and by the time she gave it up, Danbury led 17-15.
Erin LaVelle had two kills during the run, before Gibsonburg ended it with a kill from Brooke Diekman. The Golden Bears scored 10 of the game’s final 13 points.
“The first set the girls really closed the gap and they had a good attitude,” Lakers coach Marcy Raus said. “That was a nice thing to see. But Gibsonburg has some good servers and we had a hard time passing it up.
“(Gibsonburg) came out in that second game ready to go then, and didn’t want to let us back in again.”
With Diekman serving, the Golden Bears jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the second game and never trailed again. A tip by Katie McGough stretched the Gibsonburg lead to as much as 19-2.
“We need to have some cleaner moments,” Raus said. “But the girls didn’t give up, which is a positive.”
After Gibsonburg started Game 3 with a 3-0 run, and led 7-1, LaVelle tallied three straight kills and a block to cut the deficit to 7-5. A Megan Stephens kill made it 13-8, before the Bears ended the game on a 12-4 run.
LaVelle finished with a team-high eight kills, adding seven digs and six blocks. Lindsay Mark had three kills and six digs for the Lakers.
“We have the players, we just have to get all the pieces and parts together,” Raus said. “The front row started swinging and putting good blocks up tonight. We just need to get the passes, so that we can be consistent in doing that.”