The Brookfield Bulldogs' volleyball program fell in straight sets to Chillicothe on Tuesday night in the second leg of its four-match home stand, which is scheduled to continue with a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader versus Plattsburg on Thursday evening.
In the first set against undefeated Chilli, the Bulldogs fell 25-11 before rebounding for a stronger second set, dropping the clincher 25-14. In fairness to Brookfield, the Lady Hornets bolster one of the stronger Class 3 programs in the state, coming off of a 2016 season in which they finished 20-7-1 in varsity-level competitions. Though Chillicothe has just one senior on this year's roster -- compared to none for a Brookfield program now in its fourth year -- the Lady Hornets' play still appeared fluid and poised.
"With our team, it's all about attitude," Brookfield coach Amy Dixon said. "As a very young team, we need to believe we can compete with other teams. We have nice rallies, but we need to finish the long plays. Tonight, we picked up another big block from (sophomore middle hitter) Kayla Gunn, two big blocks from (junior middle hitter) Jewel Mattox. Slowly but surely, we're clicking."