Baker entered Thursday’s nonleague home volleyball match with Fruitland having won 4 of its past 5 matches.
But that momentum ended abruptly against the Grizzlies, with Baker falling 26-24, 25-19, 25-17.
But that wasn’t the loss for the Bulldogs.
Baker also lost one of its top players, probably for the season, when sophomore Lacy Churchfield injured her right ankle while making a kill midway through the second set.
Churchfield, an outside hitter/middle blocker, had to be helped from the floor and was taken to the locker room.
Following the match, Baker coach Chelsea Hurliman said she was uncertain as to the severity of Churchfield’s injury.
Churchfield’s injured ankle was wrapped in a bandage.
Baker has just three matches remaining during the regular season, and Hurliman said she doubts Churchfield will be able to return for any of those matches.
Hurliman said the injury to a key player also affected Churchfield’s teammates.
“Lacy getting hurt really showed in the girls,” Hurliman said. “It really affected them.”
Baker already was having a rough time against the Idaho power.
“Fruitland is a solid team,” Hurliman said. “They have very strong skills. They’re a force to be reckoned with.”
In the first set Baker actually forged a 22-16 lead only to have Fruitland rally for the win.
Baker trailed 19-17 in the second set when Churchfield was injured. Fruitland then scored six of the final eight points.
In the final game, Baker led 2-1 before Fruitland pulled away to complete the sweep.