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After a bit of a rough start, the Cuyahoga Falls volleyball team seemed to be picking it up in recent weeks.
Unfortunately, such progress turned out to be temporary.
The Lady Black Tigers fell to 6-10 overall and 1-6 in the Suburban League National Conference after suffering a convincing 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 loss to Twinsburg Sept. 20 on the road.
After the loss, Falls had lost seven of its last eight matches as of press time.
"We're not playing very well right now," Lady Black Tigers head coach Josh Stewart said. "Somehow we've regressed."
Emma Freeman led Falls with five kills and 11 digs and Emina Celic and Tylir Saxon each had two blocks.
Rebecca Postlewaite added eight assists for the Lady Black Tigers.
Falls also finished 1-2 at the Jackson Tournament Sept. 17 in Massillon.
The Lady Black Tigers lost to Solon (25-9, 25-18) and Louisville (25-9, 23-25, 25-180 and defeated Medina Highland (23-25, 25-18, 25-23).
Freeman finished with a total of 24 kills and four blocks in the three matches and Nicole Bechter had 27 digs. Morgan Frame contributed 30 digs.
Host Falls lost to National Conference rival North Royalton 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 Sept. 15.
Freeman had six kills and 11 digs and Jacquelyn Shields finished with six kills.
Saxon chipped in four blocks and Postlewaite had 11 assists for the Lady Black Tigers.
According to Stewart, Falls had some chances to make some noise in the first and second sets.
But the Lady Black Tigers fell apart during the final stretch of both of those sets.
"We had some chances, but we just didn't play well enough to make North Royalton worry too much," Stewart said. "We got close in game one and two, down 17-20 and 16-20, only to watch them score the next five points and finish us off.
"I'm a little disappointed in our performance this week and I hope we can find some consistency."
Falls had a week off to regroup. The Lady Black Tigers are scheduled to entertain National Conference foe Wadsworth Sept. 27 before heading to Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium to play conference rival Hudson Sept. 29. Both matches are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
"Hopefully, a few days off will give us some renewed focus for the last half of league play," Stewart said.