However, after settling down, the Railroaders gave No. 3 seed Dayton a good effort, but it still was not enough as Sparks dropped a 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 decision at Truckee High.
"The last two games, they went out and showed they had heart," Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. "The girls were playing with all their heart, and they were hitting the floor. We don't have any big hitters, and Dayton has three of them. That kind of hurts us."
Sparks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Game 2, but it was a fight after that. The last two games of the match went point-for-point until the end when the Dust Devils pulled away to secure the match.
Megan Smart, Daisy Marquez and Chelsey Harris all had four kills for the Railroaders. Gaby Diaz contributed eight assists, while Krysti Collier finished with 18 digs.
Despite the loss, Elliott is looking forward to what this simple experience might contribute to the rebuilding program.
"I think it helps show that anyone can do it. It doesn't matter your size, you can still be good," Elliott said. "In volleyball, a lot of it goes off size, and I think that's been the downfall at Sparks High. Everyone uses the excuse that we're not big. I don't like that excuse. We have other things that are good, and you don't have to be just hitting the ball to win. You have to be able to pass and serve and focus on things like that to get court smarts.
"To know they can come out and be good and make it places, I think it will build our program."
The Maroon and Gold ended its season with a 6-12 record overall.