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LADY BUCCS SWEEP MILTON...

The Covington Lady Buccs captured their fifth win in the last six games with a convincing performance against Milton.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2007 – COVINGTON
Just one week ago the Covington Lady Buccs were a team struggling to find consistency and an identity with a 1-8 record.

Still, Covington coach Jim Smith kept a positive frame of mind as he knew his team would start winning once they gained some confidence in themselves and the system.

Here we are a week later and Jim Smith's approach has paid huge dividends as his team has won five out of the last six matches, including a three-game sweep of Milton-Union on Monday.

"The kids are gaining confidence with each day," said a pleased Covington coach. "They are believing in the system and each other. They have stayed positive and kept working hard. We're now seeing the results."

Covington's confidence was obvious as it controlled the first two games from start to finish, capturing 25-18 and 25-15 wins.

But a little adversity arose in the third game as Milton jumped out to a 10-4 lead.

"In the past we would have panicked a little bit," Smith said in regards to Milton's run in game three. "We've allowed teams to get runs on us and lost our focus, but tonight the girls kept their composure and stayed focused on what they had to do."

The result was a come-from-behind 25-21 win as Kailey Tobias got Covington going with six straight service points.

"She (Tobias) has really picked it up lately," Smith praised. "She pulled it out for us against National Trail and again against Riverside. She's gaining a lot of confidence and it shows in he play."

Smith was also pleased with another Tobias, Holly.

"Holly had a strong night, especially defensively," he continued. "We struggled in the middle back earlier in the year, but Holly and Krissy (Tobias) have really come on. Holly's done a lot better reading the hitters and moving her feet into position to get balls up."

Even with the impressive performance against Milton and the success of the past week, Smith sees room for improvement.

"We're still not where we need to be by any means," he said. "We're still having troubles in the middle. Once we get that down, we should do pretty well."

In the meantime, Smith and the Lady Buccs can lean on the defensive effort his team has given out.

"Right now our defense is carrying us," he continued. "The girls are diving after balls and hustling on defense. Once we get some things sorted out offensively we should be a much improved team."

Improvement has been the Lady Buccs' M.O. lately as they improve to 6-9 on the season.

Covington travels to Bethel on Thursday for a critical Cross County Conference match-up.

Kailey Tobias serves for the Lady Buccs.