However, Kennedale kicked it in gear at the next, scoring the next five points for a 21-18 lead courtesy of a pair of kills from Marissa Brennan and Pyles and a stopper by Morgan Cates.
Kennedale scored the next point for a 22-18 lead on a Lady Rams’ return error. But the rally was kept alive by a one-arm dig by Kennedale’s Dixon, and the play appeared to spark the Lady Kats.
Kennedale brought game three to match point after a Lady Rams’ return error followed by a kill from the right side by Foster.
Two rallies later, Kennedale ended the match on a back-row kill from Dixon.
“There were a lot of close points and moments when the games were tied in games two and three,” Eggleston said. “It’s just a matter of knowing how to push through those to moments.
“I think some of that ... I don’t want to take this year for granted and I’m not. We have seniors who given their all to their volleyball program, but we are also putting new players together for the first time.
“So matches like (Tuesday) are good team-building experiences that will help us next year. Don’t get me wrong, I am not thinking about next year by any means, but in some key moments we are starting to learn how to push through to the end.
“This group hasn’t played together very long, and when you graduate 11 and replace that with 11 new ones then it is still a learning experience even this late in the season.”