BARSTOW - It's a difficult task for a team to lose after outscoring their opponents. However, that's what happened to the Barstow High School volleyball team on Tuesday.

Barstow fell 3-2 to Burroughs on Tuesday evening after outscoring them 97-85 over the course of five games.

The Aztecs play varied greatly during the match. They lost the first two games, 25-13 and 25-23 and then took the next two 25-5 and 25-15. Barstow went on streaks throughout the night, including a 6-0 run to close out the third game, but also gave up several of their own, including a 13-4 run in the first game. The Aztecs seemed to fall apart at times allowing the ball to fall after a dig or letting long hits drop.

"We basically lost it in game one and two," said Barstow coach Tammy Gregg. "Our problem is just consistency. I don't have enough girls with enough heart and desire to play through a whole match. I have three or four, but I need six."

One girl that stepped up for the Aztecs was captain Katie Beardshear-Gregg. She earned a triple-double in the match with 24 kills, 20 blocks and 18 digs. Beardshear-Gregg was also the most vocal member of the team often calling for the ball and trying to rally her teammates. She got some help from Alyssa Maldonado and Nicole Ulivarri. Maldonado pitched in with 12 digs and nine kills. Ulivarri had 15 digs on the game while going 29 for 31 on serves and earning five aces.

Barstow's loss comes as a surprise after the Aztecs swept the Burros 3-0 in Ridgecrest on October 4. That game gave Barstow their first Desert Sky League win of the season after an earlier loss to Granite Hills. Burroughs coach Don Wooly said his team has improved since the teams previous meeting.

"We had been struggling in the first few league games," Wooly said. "We had an easy pre-league schedule, and once league started we were kind of shocked to play better teams. We had seen some good teams at tournaments, but it's always different when you face your rivals."

Barstow and Burroughs, with DSL records of 2-4, are now fighting for third place in DSL and a spot in the playoffs. Both teams have two games remaining in the season putting Granite Hills and Victorville, each with five wins, out of reach. Barstow will now face Silverado, who remains winless in the DSL, and Victorville to close out their season, while Burroughs matches up with Silverado and Granite Hills. The Aztecs will lose their shot at the playoffs if they don't finish the season with a better record than Burroughs. If the teams tie the Burros will take the tie breaker which is who won the second meeting between the teams.

"We're psyched about the possibility of making the playoffs," Wooly said. "We've got Granite Hills on Thursday. We'll try our best, but the probability of a win is not good. We're certainly looking to try and beat the odds."