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After seeing his team sweep a four-game home stand, Stow-Munroe Falls boys volleyball coach Matt Snyder decided to switch things up a bit when his squad travelled to Brunswick April 28.
Snyder admitted those changes didn't work out, as the Bulldogs dropped a 18-25, 25-15, 12-25, 21-25 loss to the Blue Devils.
"We tested out a new lineup to make us more effective in the second half of the season and it cost us the match," Snyder said. "But we learned a lot. Brunswick also kept a lot of balls in play. We made more errors than we should have, both defensively and attacking."
Snyder noted Stow committed 70 total errors in the match to Brunswick's 31. Stow had 13 aces, 16 service errors and 33 kills in the loss.
The loss at Brunswick followed a five-set thriller for the Bulldogs vs. Massillon Jackson April 20 at the James G. Tyree Gymnasium. Stow pulled out the win 24-26, 25-23, 26-24. 20-25, 15-12 over the Polar Bears.
As a result, Stow's record stood at 10-3 as of press time.
Stow dominated at the net again Jackson, finishing with a 51-26 edge in kills.
However, the Bulldogs' usually excellent service game hurt them against Jackson. While Stow finished with 12 aced, it also committed 24 service errors in the win.
Senior outside hitter Hayden Baer had a huge match for Stow, finishing with 29 kills and hitting at a .375 efficiency rate. Baer also had 19 digs on the night.
Opposite hitter Justin Sibbel put up 17 kills and eight digs for the Bulldogs, while setter Wes Gray finished with 51 assists in the match.
Libero Jeremy Lundstrom finished with 25 digs on the night.
Stow was set to face Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 28, but results were not available at press time.
Stow has a busy week ahead, as the Bulldogs will travel to Lakewood St. Edward May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Medina May 3 at 7 p.m. before participating the Spike for Tykes Tournament May 5 in Columbus.