ROACHDALE -- North Putnam volleyball coach Jill Schreiber wasn't pleased with the Cougars' energy in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-21 loss to Monrovia in a West Central Conference match Tuesday on their court.
"We were like zombies," Schreiber said. "We weren't excited when we were ahead or did something well. I don't know if we were tired, but this was a game I felt we should have won."
North Putnam fell to 1-2 in conference. Monrovia is 3-2 in conference, 7-15 overall.
"We didn't come ready to play," Schreiber said. "We did some things well and had some good plays."
The Cougars had a new libero in junior Karlie Gray, who replaced the injured LeeAnn Davis. Davis has a knee injury and is out indefinitely.
"She did a good job in her first match," Clements said.
North Putnam led 15-11 in the first game, but Monrovia rallied to tie it at 18-18. The Bulldogs closed out the game with a 7-2 run.
In the second game, the Cougars fought back from six- and five-point deficits to tie the game at 13-13 and 18-18. The Bulldogs jumped back out to a 21-16 advantage, but North Putnam closed the gap to 21-20. Monrovia scored three straight points to win the game.
In the third game, Monrovia broke out to a 10-4 advantage and extended it to 19-11.
The Cougars weren't going to go quietly into the night and scored five straight points to trail, 19-16. Monrovia put together another strong run, 5-1, to lead 24-17 and, at game and match point, North Putnam scored four straight. But Monrovia's power-hitting Danielle Frentz delivered a kill to end the match.
North Putnam plays Greencastle on Thursday in a conference match on the Cougars' court.
At North Putnam
Monrovia 3, North Putnam 0
Monrovia 25 25 25
North Putnam 20 21 21