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Freshman middle blocker Madeline Timmerman led the Tigers with five kills and five blocks at the net, sophomore outside hitter Camryn Hausler had five kills, and Blake had four kills and also had Central's only ace.
Megan Kelly (eight assists) added three kills and a block, and Kendall Lownds and Emily Kelly (four kills) had seven digs apiece.
Despite the loss, Central's seniors stepped off the court at Redbird Arena with their heads held high.
"It's been our goal since we were freshmen to make it down here," Megan Kelly said. "The fact that it's our senior season, and we're able to play down here against some of the best teams in the state means a lot to be put to the challenge. It's my favorite season so far and not because we made it down here."
"I think it was really special because none of our team has gone down state," Lownds said. "Walking out was just a really unreal moment that none of us will ever forget."
The Tigers started the match uncharacteristically with four hitting errors in the first seven points. Marist led 6-2 and 9-3 in the first set and went on an 8-0 run halfway through the set, building a 22-10 lead.
Nerves might have played a part, Brunstrum said.
"Most of these girls have never ever been to the state tournament before," Brunstrum said. "They were six or seven when Central last came. You walk out of that tunnel with a lot of excitement, a lot of energy and with a lot of nerves. I think we were a little jittery, trying to do too much instead of playing our game."