|LADY BUCCS SHOW IMPROVEMENT...
The Lady Buccs fell to 0-2 with a 3 games to 1 defeat at the hands of Franklin Monroe, but showed improvement.
AUGUST 30, 2007 - COVINGTON
The Covington Lady Buccs dropped a 3 games to 1 contest against rival Franklin Monroe on Thursday, but there were some positives to build on for the remainder of the season.
"After the Farlawn game we worked really hard on our serve receive and blocking," said Covington coach Jim Smith. "Tonight we showed great improvement in those areas."
Covington's serve received only surrendered one aces the entire night, while the Lady Buccs touched 71 balls at the net.
"I was very pleased with our blocking," Smith continued. "We had 40 blocks in play and 19 stuff blocks. That's a huge improvement over Monday."
Covington also showed improvement in other areas as it had 71 attack attempts on the night.
"That shows we did a better job passing the ball because we were able to get it to our hitters," said Smith. "Unfortunately we only had 12 kills, so we have to do a better job of putting the ball away."
Some of that can be attributed to Franklin Monroe's defensive effort.
"They (Fraklin Monroe) were so scrappy," Smith praised. "It seemed like they were digging everything. It was frustrating for the girls."
Areas to work on for Covington involves the mental aspect of the game.
After taking the first game 25-18, the Lady Buccs dropped the next three games by the scores of 22-25, 18-25 and 17-25.
"We do (have to work on our mental game)," explained Smith. "The girls tend to get a little frustrated at times and don't shake it off. Much of that has to do with experience."
In spite of falling to 0-2 on the young season, Smith is very optimistic about the remainder of the season.
"We're a young team that's finding things we can improve on," he said. "The girls are very coachable and determined. Now it takes one or two things for us to start winning. We'll work on playing scrappy and putting the ball away."
Covington (0-2) is back in action on Tuesday as it travels to Bradford.