LAFAYETTE — The Teurlings Rebels came back from two sets down to force a deciding fifth set, but ultimately dropped the match to St. Thomas More.

When Teurlings went down 2-0, Rebels coach Terry Hebert said the third set could define their season.

“We are playing a great team in our house to start the season,” Hebert said. “I knew we were better than what we were playing. Are we going to wrap it up down two, or play the third and see what it takes us?”

STM closed the first set by scoring seven of the last eight points to win and won the second by scoring five straight to end it. Teurlings rallied after dropping the first two sets and bounced back in the third set, winning 26-24. The Rebels were down 24-23, but rallied for three straight points to close out the set.

“I didn’t want to lose in three,” Hebert said. “We battled for that third set. We jumped on them early and got a commanding lead in the fourth set.”

After the Rebels won the fourth set to force the deciding fifth, Hebert said his team matched STM, but lost momentum early and allowed the Cougars to squeak away with the win.

“It’s just one of those matches,” Hebert said. “They had us early, and we figured out some things. When you’ve been around volleyball long enough, you know there’s lots of ebbs and flows and I feel like we were more on the ebb side.”

Hebert said despite the loss, there are a lot of positives to take from this game.

“We won the third and had a 10-point lead in the fourth,” Hebert said. “They got back in it and took the lead and went into the fifth. They played extremely well and had all the momentum. Take nothing away from them.

“We are young. There’s only three kids on that starting lineup that played a year ago. I am never pleased with a loss, but we played darn good and (STM) just played better. I can sleep well with that.”