The Marion Warriors volleyball team’s final match of the season Saturday went like many of the team’s losses this year, playing hard despite early deficits.
The Warriors entered their sub-state as a sixth-seed, paired against third-seeded Hesston, who entered the tournament with a 30-6 record.
Down 8-2 early, the Warriors scored on kills from Katey Ehrlich and Kaelyn Thierolf, and Hesston errors. Kelli Hess added a kill and a block, helping Marion come within two at 12-10.
Hesston soon after built a 7-point lead at 22-15, which the Warriors could not overcome, losing 25-19.
The next game began even worse for the Warriors, as the Swathers scored eight points before Marion got on the board.
The Warriors found themselves down 16-3 before they got going, scoring five in a row behind the service of Thierolf.
Marion came within 8 points multiple times, but could not generate the momentum needed to come back, losing 25-16.