By Jan Clark It doesn't get much closer than this or more excruciating. The Richmond girls volleyball team lost to Lincoln of Cambridge City at the Tiernan Center Tuesday 17-25, 24-26, 24-26 while the junior varsity improved to 10-6 by winning handily 25-9, 25-10. Lincoln (15-5) came in with eight seniors on its roster and they were the keys to the Eagles having now won eight of their last nine games. The Devils dropped to 6-13. Freshmen Laurelai DePew and Ashley Clark were Richmond's statistical leaders, DePew with nine kills and Clark with 12 digs and her passing from the back row. "I really want this team to win. I really want that. I can't stress that enough," said coach Matt Fisher. "We need to do the little things. We need to stay together with each other. I think for the most part we had a large group of girls who stayed in the fight all night. Laurelai played great out of the middle (of the front row) and Ashley passed the ball exceptionally well from the back row. In fact, most of our back row did a really good job. Molly Morken did a good job setting the ball but we aren't doing everything together right now. We have to come together at the hardest time of the season and push to get a win." Two major runs were the key for the Golden Eagles in set one. Lincoln got off to an 8-1 start then broke from an 11-11 tie to register seven points in an eight-point stretch. Set two is when the real heartbreak set in. Again, the Eagles jumped out to a 5-1 advantage but the Devils played strong volleyball from then on. Sparked by the net play of DePew, RHS reeled off seven points in succession and 11 of 12 to take a 14-7 lead. Justice Mays had three critical kills down the stretch as Richmond forged ahead 23-19. Just two points needed to even the match. The score was tied at 23 and 24 but the Eagles got the last two, the Devils yielding seven of the last nine points. Unfortunately for Richmond, set three was more of the same. The two teams sparred by trading points back and forth until Richmond, down 22-15, reeled off five straight on kills by DePew and Ella Wilson and the serving of Alison Juday. Lincoln led 24-20 but the Red Devils, behind the serving of DePew, tied the score 24-24. That brought the RHS crowd to its feel. Once again, however, the Eagles tallied the last two points. Richmond now looks to the North Central Conference Duals Saturday at the Tiernan Center. The Devils will play Indy Tech and Marion starting at 10 a.m. "Right now any game we play is a game for us to get better," Fisher said. "And tonight I think we got better. We want to carry this over and we want our young players to continue to play well and we want our seniors to continue to contribute. This weekend we want to get some NCC wins but ultimately we want to keep building and keep getting better.I thought we did that tonight despite the loss." . Varsity stats: DePew 9 kills, 10 digs, 4 blocks; Clark 12 digs; Uhte 7 digs, 10 assists; Rogers 1 kill, 3 digs, 4 blocks; Wilson 1 kill, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Thompson 1 ace, 11 digs; Juday 1 ace; Woolridge 8 kills, 8 digs, 1 assist, 2 blocks; Mays 2 aces, 7 kills, 5 digs; Wright 6 kills, 3 digs, 3 blocks; Morken 10 digs, 15 assists. JV stats: Harrison 2 digs; McKee 3 kills, 3 digs; James 1 kill, 1 dig; Bosell 3 digs, 1 assist; Lotz 2 kills; Hunter 3 digs; Saylor 2 kills, 7 digs; Wolfe 2 digs, 6 assists; Spicer 2 kills, 2 digs; Uhte 4 aces, 4 digs, 6 assists; Neeley 2 kills, 1 dig.