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Lady Airedales fall at home

Lady Airedales fall at home 
 
By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools 
 
Alma coach Kim Weaver believes her team is close. 
 
Tuesday, the team dropped a tough four-set decision to Russellville in a match that could have swung in either direction. 
 
"We're at the door to something really great," she said. "(But) we're just kind of hesitant to take that next step to push through."
 
Russellville used 44 kills to send Alma to its second consecutive loss, 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, at Charles B. Dyer Arena. 
 
Alma (4-4, 1-1) travels to Van Buren Thursday. 
 
"We had good contributions tonight and overcame some mistakes," Weaver said. "There are some minnute things that can make a difference that we're not doing."
 
The Lady Airedales dropped the opening set, 25-15. 
 
"We scored more points in the first set against Russellville than we did against Mansfield, but against teams that execute, you have to start better," Weaver said. "I liked our effort."
 
The Airedales sprung to life in the second game and turned a 10-4 deficit into a late 18-16 advantage before falling 25-20. 
 
The Lady Cyclones scored the final five points to take a commanding 2-0 lead. 
 
Alma trailed 19-14 in the third set before coming-from-behind to force a fourth set. 
 
A night after collecting 17 kills in a five-set loss to Mansfield, Lillie Warnock finished with 11 in Tuesday's loss. Sidney Hatley and Rebekah McIntosh finished with seven kills apiece. 
 
Hatley and Lydia Swarnes finished with 17 digs each, and Bella Nutt and Rachel James added 16 and 11 assists, respectively.