|LADY BUCCS FALL TO SOUTH IN THREE...
The Covington Lady Buccs continue to show signs of improvement despite falling to the defending conference champions.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 COVINGTON
The Covington Lady Buccs dropped three straight games to Twin Valley South on Monday to fall to 1-5 on the season.
The scores were 13-25, 17-25 and 17-25.
"We had Russia last night and South tonight, which are two very tall teams," said Covington coach Jim Smith. "Last night at Russia was an emotional one for the girls because they played so hard. We didn't have a lot of energy tonight."
The size of the visiting Panthers hurt Covington as South jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first game and eventually cruised to a 13-25 win.
"They hurt us in the middle," Smith explained. "They run pretty much the same offense as us, but we didn't defend the middle very well."
Covington regrouped in the second game as it took a 4-1 lead thanks to some impressive defense and timely kills.
But a 13-3 run by the Panthers had Covington playing from behind once again. The Lady Buccs managed to close the gap to 17-21, but South scored the final four points to take a two-game lead.
"We were able to put together some nice runs offensively, but we didn't do it on a consistent basis," Smith said.
Covington put together another run in the third game as it came back from an 0-5 deficit to cut the margin to 10-11. The run was sparked by several digs by the Lady Buccs that brought the crowd to its feet.
"We had some awesome digs tonight," said Smith. "There were a handful of good rallies. Our defense is definitely coming along."
But the one aspect of South's offense Covington couldn't stop was the middle.
The Panthers went back to its bread and butter to outscore Covington 14-7 over the remainder of the game for a 25-17 win.
"Our biggest problem right now is court awareness," explained Smith. "We'll continue to work on that in practice. That and becoming more adaptable on the floor."
Another problem for Covington was South's setter Debbie Brubaker.
"They have a very nice setter," Smith praised. "She was able to put the ball exactly where the hitters wanted it."
Covington has a big weekend ahead with Tri-County North on Thursday and the New Bremen tournament on Saturday. Powerhouse Anna will be in New Bremen as well.
"It's a tough week, but we'll use it to continue to improve," said Smith. "The girls are working hard and are still looking to make improvements. As we improve we are playing better teams, which is good. This will help us down the line."