BALDWIN — Baldwin’s volleyball team had a solid first set performance, but couldn’t sustain it in a 3-0 West Michigan D League loss to Brethren on Tuesday.

“The girls played their hearts out,” Baldwin coach Duane Roberts said.

“Every point was fought for hard. My girls were here at the end. We’re looking for them to step up and get that first win. You can see set after set we fight hard. My girls hustled and were diving on the floor. We’re right on the cusp. We just have to get over it.”

The Panthers narrowly lost the opener 25-22 and then fell in the final two sets 25-14, 25-12.

Jenna Johnson had two services points for the Panthers for a 22-19 lead in the opening set.

Whiney Danks had a kill for Brethren to help the Bobcats take momentum. Kylah Fisher’s kill ended the set.

Danks and Fisher served for several aces in the second game for a 24-11 lead and Summer Youngs’ tip earned the 25th point.

Charlee Schaefer served an ace for a 20-12 lead in the third set and Bobcats went on for the win.

“I think we did pretty good,” Baldwin middle attacker Are’Yania Boatwright said. “This was a different game. We had a positive attitude and we did better this game than in others.”

Boatwright led Baldwin in aces.

Jaz Johnson and Kendra Speer and Mariah Sowle led in attacks. Jenna Johnson led in assists.

“The offensive game was phenomenal,” Roberts said. “I have to give credit to my libero, Tania Hiil. She gave her all despite injury. I’m proud of my girls. We have to keep up the fight.’

Baldwin is home on Thursday against Bear Lake.