|COVINGTON WINS FINAL HOME CONTEST...
The Covington Lady Buccs celebrated "Parent's Night" with a win in the home finale against Newton.
OCTOBER 9, 2007 - COVINGTON
It was "Parent's Night" at Covington High School for the Lady Buccs' home finale against rival Newton.
Playing without one of its top defensive players Krissy Tobias, the Lady Buccs managed to overcome a slow start to capture a three-game sweep of the visiting Indians.
The 25-14, 25-14 and 25-6 victory was a big one considering the two straight losses Covington has suffered to Tri-Village and Jackson Center since Tobias got hurt last week.
"Krissy broke her hand last week against Ansonia," Covington coach Jim Smith said. "We struggled defensively with her out, but we were able to play better tonight."
Newton hung with Covington early on as the first game was knotted at 10-10. But the Lady Buccs took control of the game with powerful hitting a solid defense. The result was a 15-4 run and a 25-14 victory.
"We hit the ball much better tonight than we have been recently," Smith said. "They (Newton) was pretty scrappy and were able to get some of our hits up, but we were able to control the match with our hitting."
Covington duplicated the effort in the second game with a 25-14 victory and then closed the evening with a dominating effort in the third game, 25-6.
"We played consistent in game three," said Smith. "We did a good job with serve receive and hitting the ball. We never let them back into the game."
Still, Smith sees room for improvement before Thursday's regular season finale at Mississinawa Valley.
"We're still not passing the ball very well," he explained. "Defense is an attitude and we don't have that attitude yet. You really have to want it to be a good defensive team."
Covington improves to 9-12 overall and 6-5 in the Cross County Conference.