"We can hold our heads up high, because we know we played our hardest," said Pierce City coach Allison Davis. "I felt our three seniors gave everything they had and we have no regrets."
Pierce City was placed in a quad-team single elimination playoff tournament format with Lockwood, Rich Hill and Osceola. The winner of the tournament advanced to the volleyball final four.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind a Krishna Merriman kill and four service points from Brianna Zebert.
Two 3-0 service runs from Rebecca Hatfield and Jenny Kiaser ensured a first set victory for the green and white.
In the second set, the Lady Tigers dug their heels into the hardwood floor.
Pierce City jumped out to a commanding 9-1 lead. Only to watch as Lockwood responded with an 11-7 run to cut the gap to 16-11.
Neither team could get on track from the service line with the remainder of the points being awarded by defensive side-outs.
Christine Younker secured the victory for the Lady Eagles with a kill.
Osceola made quick work of Rich Hill handing the Lady Tigers a 25-14, 25-14 loss.
Pierce City and Osceola proved to be evenly matched in the quarterfinal round.
Playing to their strengths, Pierce City used its height and three Kaiser serves to power to a quick 9-3 edge forcing a Lady Indians' timeout.
Osceola adjusted to the Lady Eagles frontcourt advantage and responded with its own 9-3 run to tie the game 12-12.
Neither team could establish a clear advantage with seven ties and eight lead changes in the first set.
Osceola's Brooke Wilson scored two service points to give the Lady Indians a 24-21 leads and a defensive kill doomed Pierce City.
The second set mirrored the first.
Pierce City knotted the scored at 17-17, when Courtney Zebert scored on five consecutive serves to force a decisive third set.
In a familiar pattern, Pierce City earned a 2-0 lead and then the Lady Indians responded to tie the game.
The third set was tied at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 7-7 and 8-8 when Osceola's Katherine Brockus went to serve.
A momentary lapse on defense by Pierce City led to six straight Lady Indians' points and a 14-8 lead.
Pierce City tried, but couldn't close the gap.
"They did a good job of dropping the ball over our height in the front row," said Davis. "Both team hit the ball hard. They were able to extend rallies and earn the win."