GARLAND — It certainly wasn’t the outcome it wanted, but the Cayuga volleyball team put on the performance it knew it was capable of Friday.

The Ladycats bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to top-ranked Round Top-Carmine, forced a fourth game and three times were a point away from a fifth and final game.

But, in the end, it wasn’t enough as the Cubettes won a thrilling Game 4 to clinch the 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25) win.

“We competed, something that we haven’t done the last two times down here,” Cayuga coach Magen Humphreys said after the match. “That was important to us. I think the girls competed. There’s nothing that we could’ve really done differently, I don’t think.

“Just sometimes, the ball falls your way and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Shawnta Knox had a team-high 22 kills for Cayuga, while Danielle Anderson finished with 15 and Mary Davis added five. Molly Griffey had four to go along with her 40 assists and nine digs.

Cory McCulloch had a match-high 18 digs, while Presley Luce had 12 and Knox added seven. Maci Poland had six.

Megan Hohlt led all players with 26 kills for Carmine, while Emily Noak had 14 and Brittany Hohlt finished with nine for Carmine, which will play Leon for the state title.

Aby Cies had 43 assists to lead the Cubettes, while Brook Conley had 15 digs and Noak had 13.