Bulldogs lose home finale

Peoria defeated Kingman 3-0 on a night when the Bulldogs seniors were honored and what may have been the Bulldogs' last home volleyball match of the season on Wednesday.

The Panthers defeated Kingman 25-18, 25-23 and 25-17.

It may have been the final home match for seniors Jess Collins, Steph Marino, Lindsey Adams, Julia Lasiloo and Lauren Seliquini.

Kingman finished Desert West Region play with a 5-5 record.

The Bulldogs were 12-5 overall.

If Sunrise Mountain wins against Tolleson tonight then the two teams are tied.

Sunrise Mountain won a coin toss and if that is the scenario the Bulldogs play Monday at Sunrise Mountain.

If Sunrise Mountain loses tonight then Kingman is in third place and hosts Sunrise Mountain on Monday.

To further confuse the issue, depending on whether Kingman wins or loses on Monday and how other teams in the region fare, the Bulldogs may play in Kingman on Tuesday or they may travel to Phoenix for their second game in the double elimination tournament.

On Wednesday the Bulldogs fell behind in the first game early and came back to tie it up at 7-7, but following a strong serving performance by Peoria's Heather Krohn the Panthers jumped out to a 15-9 lead and stayed about six or seven points ahead of the Bulldogs the rest of the way.

In Game 2 the Bulldogs took an early lead and held it until it was 17-13, but Krohn took over again and served seven straight points to put Peoria up 20-17.

The Bulldogs kept it close the rest of the way but lost 25-23.

In Game 3 Kingman led at 5-3, but Peoria ran off five straight to go up 8-5 then kept the Bulldogs off balance the rest of the way.

"Peoria is undefeated and they are undefeated because they're always running a lot and hitting," Kingman coach Amy West said.

"Somebody is always running and somebody is always hitting.

"I told the girls I don't mind losing.

I just want them to play with intensity."

A key for Peoria was shutting down the Kingman hitters.

Lasiloo had six kills, Tabitha Huffer had four and Elena Dena had four.

"Elena was a lot more aggressive than she has been," West said.

"That was good."

The Bulldogs will play on Monday and Tuesday next week in the Desert West Region tournament, but the time and location will not be determined until after tonight's game between Sunrise Mountain and Tolleson.