|COVINGTON CRUISES BY BETHEL...
The Covington Lady Buccs continued their current hot streak with a convincing three-game sweep of Bethel.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2007 BRANDT
When Covington and Bethel hook up on the volleyball court it's normally a barn burner. Both teams get up for the other, which makes for some exciting moments and thrilling matches.
Thursday's contest between the two didn't live up to the past as Covington cruised through three games to improve its record to 7-9 overall and 4-4 in the CCC.
Covington won by the scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 26-20.
"We lost our focus at times throughout the match," said Covington coach Jim Smith. "In the first two games we got out to nice leads and then let the back into the game. We have to do a better job of keeping our focus."
Bethel jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the third game and increased the lead to 19-10.
"There were a couple of calls in the third game that frustrated the girls," Smith explained. "I called a timeout and explained to them that it was just two points and to forget it. Basically after I calmed them down the girls started playing the way they are capable of."
Refocused, Covington got a big lift from Krissy Tobias as a diving dig turned into a point and some momentum. The Lady Buccs then outscored Bethel 15-1 over the remainder of the game to take a 25-20 win.
"Krissy does that," Smith said in regards to her hustle. "She has a knack for getting to balls you think might hit the ground. It (here defensive effort) gave us a lift."
Another thing that gave Covington a lift was the execution of the game plan Smith installed.
"I've been trying to get our setters to set Holly (Tobias) in the middle," Smith described. "Our setters finally started doing that tonight. I brought Meagan (Grant) in halfway through the second game and her first set was right to the middle. Suddenly all of our setters started executing the middle set."
The victory is Covington's six in the past seven contests, but the upcoming schedule will be a true indication of how far the team has come since the start of the season.
Versailles comes to Covington on Monday and Ansonia visits on Tuesday.
"Versailles and Ansonia will be big matches for us," said Smith. "Ansonia is right up there in the league and Versailles is the number one ranked team in the state. We look forward to testing ourselves against that type of competition."