After a bit of a rough start, the Hudson girls volleyball team has picked it up in recent weeks.
Unfortunately for the Lady Explorers, they simply ran into a buzzsaw Sept. 17.
Hudson fell to 4-6 on the season after losing to Avon 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 at Ray "Buck' Hyser Gymnasium.
The Lady Explorers stayed with the talented Lady Eagles, who improved to 10-0 on the season, during the early portions of each set.
But Avon simply had another gear down the stretch of each of those sets to run away.
At one point in the first set, the match was tied at 10. And then, just like that, the Lady Eagles took over.
Avon won 14 straight points to get to set point. Sophomore setter Maddy Jerdonek was the main catalyst during the Lady Eagles' run with 13 consecutive service points.
In the second set, the match was tied at nine. Once again, Avon, using a bit more methodical approach, gained some distance on the scoreboard.
The Lady Eagles went on a 10-3 spurt to take a 19-12 advantage after a kill by sophomore middle hitter/right-side hitter Sydney Stone.
The third set was more of the same.
Hudson tied the match at 10 on a kill by sophomore right-side hitter Cami Madar, but Avon responded with an 8-1 run that was capped by a kill from sophomore outside hitter/middle hitter Gillian Romanchok.
Like the first two sets, the Lady Explorers didn't recover.
Stone and senior outside hitter Hallie Schroeder each had 11 kills for the Lady Eagles. Romanchok added nine kills for Avon.
Jerdonek contributed 22 assists for the Lady Eagles and teammate Erin Gardner, a junior defensive specialist, finished with 16 digs.
Sophomore libero Kendall Mackay had 40 digs for Hudson and teammate Maddie Gaeta, a junior defensive specialist, finished with 25 digs.
Freshman defensive specialist Amelia Hoffmeier and junior defensive specialist Nina Disandis added 19 and nine digs, respectively, for the Lady Explorers.
Junior outside hitter Dani Turner led Hudson's front row with nine kills and teammate Alena Madar, a senior middle hitter, contributed four kills.