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Coach of the Year: Jim Smith
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1st Team: Alyssa Angle
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8/25 Fairlawn 0-3
8/28 Miss. Valley 1-3
9/2 Franklin Monroe W
9/4 Bradford 3-0
9/8 Russia 3-1
9/9 Arcanum 3-1
9/11 TV South 3-0
9/13 New Bremen 0-2
9/13 Anna 0-2
9/16 TC North 3-0
9/18 National Trail 3-0
9/20 Minster A
9/22 Milton Union W
9/23 Miami East W
9/29 Versailles L
9/30 Bethel 3-0
10/2 Ansonia 3-0
10/4 Jackson Center 0-3
10/7 Tri-Village 3-0
10/9 Newton 3-0
10/14 Botkins (T) 3-0
10/18 Fairlawn (T) 3-1
10/25 Jackson Center (T) 3-0

The Covington Lady Buccs beat Botkins in three games to advance to the next round of the sectional tournament against Fairlawn.

The Covington Lady Buccs volleyball team took the first step in a quest to get back to the sectional final and another crack at a district birth with a three-game sweep of Botkins on Tuesday at Sidney High School.

Covington hasn't reached the district tournament since back-to-back appearances in 2003 and 2004, failing last year in the sectional final against Jackson Center.

"Everyone did their part tonight," said a pleased Covington coach Jim Smith after his team won by the scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-23. "It's a team thing were each person has to do their job, so nobody really stood out. We were really balanced tonight."

The Lady Buccs opened the match by scoring the first three points, but Botkins went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-5 lead and force a Covington timeout.

"I could tell the girls were a little nervous during warm-ups," Smith explained. "It carried over into the match, but it didn't take long for them to get over that."

Refocused, the Lady Buccs regained control and outscored the Trojans 20-7 to take the first game 25-17.

"We were focused after the timeout," Smith confirmed. "We still made some mistakes, but we were able to overcome our nerves."

The second game was back and forth throughout until Covington took a 24-22 lead and had its chance at game-point.

But two straight rallies fell Botkins' way to tie the game at 24-24 and force a Buccaneer timeout to stop the momentum.

In a pivotal juncture of the match, Covington responded with two straight points on kills by Holly Tobias and Alyssa Angle to take the game 26-24 and a 2-0 lead.

"We missed on a set to Alyssa earlier and came back to it when the game was tied at 24," Smith said. "That was a big point in the match because you never know what would have happened if Botkins would have taken the second game. We may have went five (games)."

The third game was just as exciting as neither team could pull away from the other.

After Covington put the first three points on the board and extended the lead to 5-1, Botkins battled back to take a 14-13 lead and eventually extended the margin to 18-15.

Covington went on an 8-3 run to make the score 23-21, but Botkins responded by scoring two straight points to tie the game at 23-23.

Once again, Covington made the big play as Holly Tobias stuffed Kristina Fullencamp, Botkins' big hitter.

"She's their best hitter, but we were able to get some nice blocks on her," said Smith. "We knew she'd get her share of kills. They weren't able to use her the way they normally do because we were able to run our offense."

The Lady Buccs then closed out the match with a kill by Angle.

"Botkins is a good team," praised Smith. "We didn't play our best tonight and we were still able to come away with a win against a good team. That's a positive for us because we know we can play with anybody if we play well."

Covington (16-7) will face Fairlawn on Saturday at 2:00 pm in a rematch from the season opener in which the Lady Buccs fell in three games.

Alyssa Angle finds an opening in the Botkins defense down the line.