By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
The host school had the toughest day of the varsity volleyball participants in the first Shelby Invitational contested Saturday in the main and auxiliary gymnasiums.The Lady Whippets went 0-3 during the event with 2-0 losses to South Central, Galion and Lexington. SHS coach Brandie Albert knew her club faced a difficult task, but feels it will pay off down the road. "We saw some very strong competition today and we will benefit from it in the long run. It doesn't feel like it when you get beat three straight games in a row at home in one day, but we will be stronger because we are playing stronger teams in our non-league schedule like today," said Albert as her club slipped to 4-7 on the year. Lexington had best record of the day at 3-0 and was followed by Galion (2-1) and South Central (1-2). In the opening round, Shelby was swept by the Trojans 25-20, 25-19. During the loss to SC, the Whippets managed just 15 kills and five were from Chelsea Barnd. Madison Alfrey totaled 16 digs. The red and gray were guilty of 11 serve receive errors. Mistakes - five service, seven reception, eight hitting - plagued SHS in the 25-12, 25-14 loss to the Tigers. "Twenty unforced errors in two 25 point games doesn't give any team a real strong chance in winning," said Albert. Emma Hlad collected five kills and Alfrey had nine digs. Taylor Evans was 29 of 30 setting with six assists. Barnd and Rachel Gies were 5 of 5 for serve receive. Against Lex, things started ugly for Shelby with a 25-5 loss. The second game was 25-20 for the visitors. "Game one we forgot what we were capable of. Game two we decided from the start we could compete," said Albert. Kenna Goth and Hlad paced the Whippets with four and five kills, respectively. Alfrey had eight digs and Evans was 25 of 25 setting with eight assists. Shelby will look to bounce back this evening at home against Clear Fork.