MARION -- The emotions of Senior Night ran the gamut for the Marion High School volleyball team Tuesday night.
The Lady Wildcats honored their tight-knit group of eight seniors but then lost 27-25, 25-19 to Carbondale and saw their 25-match win streak snapped.
Marion is now 29-4 and Carbondale is now 28-6. Carbondale was responsible for one of Marion's first three losses, but Marion also gave Carbondale its first loss of the season when the Terriers were 15-0.
It was the final match at Cuss Wilson Gymnasium for seniors Abby Bayer, Jasa Bell, Morgan Dodd, Lydia Ellis, Haley Gooch, Haley Van Horn, Kenady Lober and Makayla Nicholson.
"This year's group of seniors are just a great group of girls," said Marion coach Ashleigh Benson. "They have so much heart and determination for the game of volleyball. I know tonight was tough for them as they wanted to pick up their 30th win but I also know that they aren't finished yet."
Marion rallied from a 20-11 deficit in the first game but Carbondale still took the all-important advantage into the second and kept it on. Maddie Misner took charge late with four of her 12 kills in final stretch.
In that first game, Marion had three errant serves and eight hitting errors to give the Terriers 11 free points. Those errors were limited to three in the second game but the damage was done.
"I'm not sure if we've ever played with this much energy," Benson said. "But the girls still showed mental toughness. They were determined and had the heart. But against a team of that caliber, even a two-point deficit is a huge deficit."
Gooch and Kaylee Evans both had 11 assists, while Kylie Plant and Bayer both had eight kills. Bell and Lober added four kills for the Lady Wildcats.
Marion finishes the regular season Thursday night at Centralia, then travels to the Mt. Vernon 3A Regional next Tuesday.