North Platte (2-6) lost to Sidney (3-0) and Ogallala (3-1) Thursday in the triangular at the Prairie View Elementary School gym in Ogallala.
The Lady Bulldogs watched Sidney beat the host Lady Indians 25-21 and 28-19 in the opening round.
In round two, North Platte faced off against Sidney and took control early in the first set to lead 14-9 before the Lady Raiders fought back to tie the game at 24 and eventually win 29-27.
The overtime victory put the momentum in Sidney’s corner and they won the second set 25-21 to finish the day undefeated.
The Bulldogs faced Ogallala in the night cap and opened up an 18-10 lead in their first set but saw their lead evaporate and had to hold on for a 25-22 win.
The teams went back and forth in set two, with neither team pulling away, but the Indians finished strong for a 25-23 win to force a third set.
Ogallala commanded the rubber match with a convincing 25-16 win and finish the day at 1-1.
North Platte Head Coach Clancy Hammond said momentum played a big role in the losses.
“We started out both of those games probably a little hotter than we anticipated,” she said. “But once our momentum started to falter, we had a hard time keeping it up.”
In spite of the outcome, she was able to find some positives in the team’s performance.
“Honestly our kids passed really well tonight and Peyton (Neff) did a really good job of setting,” Hammond said. “We just had some hitters that struggled and we battled a little sickness that we didn’t know about until mid-game. But I think we learned a lot and have a lot of things we can build on.”
Next, the Bulldogs will travel to Gering on Sept. 10 to battle the Lady Bulldogs (2-0).
“We didn’t see them this summer so we will look at some film this weekend and get ready to play,” Hammond said.