CALUMET CITY | While the T.F. North volleyball team is playing shorthanded, it's going to be even harder for the Meteors to finally pick up that first win.
The Meteors battled South Suburban Conference foe Reavis on Tuesday afternoon, but with starters Jasmine Aguado and Ester Fagbemi out with injuries, T.F. North fell to Reavis 25-15, 25-20.
Junior Melissa Garcia had four kills for the Meteors in the loss. Tyra Johnson recorded four blocks for T.F. North, while Cristin Causey had seven assists and two aces.
Fagbemi, who is a senior captain and leader of the Meteors, is battling an ankle injury and is unsure when she will return.
"We have to try to work together as a team," Fagbemi said. "We need to learn how to fight more."
The Meteors (0-7, 0-3 SSC Blue) jumped out to early leads in both sets but watched the Rams battle back. T.F. North held an early 4-0 lead in the second game before Reavis ran off six straight points to take the 6-4 lead.
"It's a little bit of inexperience and we're just learning how to come together as a team," Meteors coach Peg Haney said. "Some of the things we've been struggling with is being able to hold a lead and being able to come back when we're behind.
"We just shoot ourselves in the foot."
Trailing 22-14 in the second game, the Meteors fought back to close the gap to 23-20. But it was as close as they would come, and two final points by the Rams shut the door.
"That's wasn't our starting lineup, but we did the best we could," senior captain Daisy Escobar said. "I think throughout the season, it's only going to get better. We can only build from our mistakes, and then we've got a great season ahead of us."
Haney said the Meteors will need to fight through the injury to their leader and compete with the players they have.
"Ester is their leader and she's out," Haney said. "Ester can't be on the floor right now, so we've got to learn to play without her. We just have to learn to believe that no matter what the score is, we still have the fight to come back."