MAHOMET — Stan Bergman knew that his Mahomet-Seymour volleyball team was going to go through a three-game gauntlet to start off their 2019 campaign.

M-S came-from-behind to beat Champaign Central in the opener, but fell twice to St. Joseph-Ogden and Unity this week. Both teams will be powerhouses, but it’s a good test for M-S before the Apollo Conference season really ramps up.

“Last year, they weren’t looked upon as a threat to anybody,” Bergman said. “I just hope we’re a headache to a lot of teams. We’re still learning one another, we’re still trying to grow and get a good feel on what I need them to run.”

St. Joseph-Ogden 2, Mahomet-Seymour 0. M-S volleyball suffered their first loss of the season to a loaded SJO squad on Saturday falling 25-16, 25-12. M-S (1-1) couldn’t get anything going offensively, as junior Ainsley Ranstead finished with a team-high six kills. Senior outside hitter Lauren Minick had five kills.

Haylie Orton and Ranstead each contributed one block. Ranstead and Ellie Beach both had a team-high four digs. Setter Kayin Garner dished out 12 assists.

Unity 2, M-S 0. The Bulldogs were swept by Unity on the road 25-20, 25-23 by a very good Unity team. Ranstead once again led the way with eight kills and nine digs. Garner had 21 assists and one ace.

The junior varsity and freshmen were both swept as well.

Looking ahead

M-S hosted Lincoln on Thursday, but results weren’t available at press time. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday when they compete in the Centennial Charger Invitational. They’ll play Dunlap at 8 a.m. and Kaneland at 10 a.m. to start the invitational.

On Tuesday, M-S will travel to Mattoon for a 7 p.m. Apollo Conference showdown. On Thursday, the Bulldogs will be back home to play Mt. Zion at 7 p.m.