"We had several blocks where we failed to get a good block on it," Bohnhoff said. "They were swinging hard, and when a team swings hard, you should be able to get a hard block on them. It just went off our hands a few times."
Brittany Beals and Chandler Ramey each had four kills to lead Effingham. Josie Zerrusen had nine digs, one ace and one block, all team highs. Felicia Totten and six digs and nine assists.
Stephanie Robb and Jennifer Fred also had one ace, while Robb, Donaldson, Beals and Ramey all had a block as well.
The loss drops Effingham to 8-9 overall. The Hearts start their second round of conference play Tuesday, heading to Charleston. Effingham topped the Trojans in their earlier meeting this season.
Salem 25 25
Effingham 17 16
Effingham: Donaldson (7 digs, 3 kills, 1 block); Beals (1 assist, 4 kills, 1 block); Zerrusen (9 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace, 1 block); Ramey (3 digs, 4 kills, 1 block); Totten (6 digs, 9 assists); Robb (1 dig, 2 kills, 1 ace, 1 block); Fred (5 digs, 1 ace)