|LADY BUCCS FALL SHORT AGAINST ARCANUM...
In a barn burner, the Lady Buccs fell short in the fifth game (15-17) to drop a heartbreaker to Arcanum.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2007 - ARCANUM
Late in the fifth and deciding game against Arcanum, Thursday it appeared as if the Covington Lady Buccs were well on their way to a thrilling victory.
Covington had just tied the match at two games a piece with a 25-20 victory in game four and then built a 12-8 lead in the fifth game. Momentum was on the Lady Buccs' side as a frustrated Arcanum team took its final timeout.
But four straight Trojan points tied the score at 13-13 to set up the thrilling finish.
Ashley Hoblit gave Covington the lead with a kill, but a net violation for game point tied the match at 14-14.
After another Hoblit kill, Covington had another game point opportunity taken away with a lift to make the score 15-15.
This time Arcanum took advantage as Laci Burns pounded out two straight kills for a 17-15 victory and the match.
"This is the second game we let an outside hitter put it away on us," said Covington coach Jim Smith. "Our blocking wasn't very good. She (Laci Burns) is a smart hitter and she was able to hit it around our blocks. We were never able to time her."
Covington showed grit throughout the match as Arcanum would go on numerous runs.
"We played a little more consistent tonight," Smith described. "Arcanum was big on momentum swings, but the girls kept their composure throughout the match. We just let Laci take control there at the end of the third game and the fifth game."
After winning the second game 25-13 to tie the match at 1-1, Covington was one point from capturing the third game with a 25-24 lead.
But Burns recorded three kills to lead the Lady trojans to a 28-26 victory and a two games to one lead.
"That was a big game in deciding this match," said Smith. "We were right there, but we let it slip away. Still, we were able to come back and play well in the fourth game."
Covington jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the fourth game and eventually increased the margin top 19-10.
But like they had done throughout the match, Arcanum went on a run to close the gap to 20-17.
Covington managed to hold on for a 25-20 win and extend the match to the thrilling fifth game.
"We controlled most of the fourth game and had a nice lead in the fifth game," said Smith. "We were playing pretty well, but we just didn't finish at the end."
Despite falling just short in capturing the match, Smith sees his team making strides.
"We're still improving," he continued. "Our defense was a lot better tonight than it has been. We left cross court open a few times, but we did a pretty good job of getting to the ball."
At 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in CCC play, Smith sees the light at the end of the tunnel for his young team.
"The girls are keeping positive attitudes and working hard," he explained. "It's disappointing that we didn't get the win tonight, but the girls are working hard. We'll continue to get better and things will start going our way."
A hopefully that leads to a thrilling finish down the road.