Missing their two senior outside hitters, the Beaver Dam High volleyball team battled but came up short against host El Capitan High of Colorado City, Arizona, on Thursday night.

The Lady D-Backs fell 3-0 in the non-league match to drop to 1-1 overall on the season.

El Capitan captured the first game 25-15. Beaver Dam battled back in the second and third games, but the Lady Eagles prevailed by scores of 25-18 and 25-19 to secure the victory.

With their two outside hitters attending a class in St. George, the Lady D-Backs had to make adjustments.

“Because we didn’t have our regular outside hitters, we moved our setter into the serve receive,” BDHS head coach Charyn McDonnell said. “I thought we played well considering we were shorthanded.”

Senior Dakota Hurst led Beaver Dam with five kills and one service ace. Sophomore Nancy Lopez had two aces and one dig while sophomore Elizabeth Jensen added one ace and one dig.

Despite the loss, McDonnell was pleased with the overall performance of her squad.

“Every girl had a bright moment,” McDonnell said. “It was a competitive and fun match.”

One thing the coach mentioned that could have been better was the serving game.

“Our serves were not up to par,” McDonnell said. “We’ve got to do a better job with our serves.”

Beaver Dam has two non-league matches on the road this week at Somerset Losee in North Las Vegas and at Water Canyon in Hilldale, Utah, plus a home match against Mountain View Christian School of Las Vegas.

The Lady D-Backs will get another chance against El Capitan on Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the BDHS gymnasium.

Beaver Dam will open 1A South League play on Sept. 14 on the road against two-time defending state champion Pahranagat Valley in Alamo.