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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
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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
COVINGTON WINS SECTIONAL TITLE...

It was a well-rounded performance by the Covington Lady Buccs in a sectional championship victory over Fairlawn on Saturday.

OCTOBER 18, 2008 - SIDNEY
It was sweet redemption for the Covington Lady Buccs as they claimed a sectional championship with a victory over Fairlawn in four games, 25-18, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-16.

"I felt we pretty much controlled the match other than the second game," said a pleased Covington coach Jim Smith. "We were balanced offensively and had a solid match defensively. It was a well rounded win today."

The victory avenged the loss to Fairlawn in the season opener.

"We are a much different team than when we played them the first time," Smith continued. "They beat us in three games, but we have grown so much as a team since then. We've totally changed our defense and run some different things offensively than what we did then. We're also a much better blocking team now."

It showed on Saturday as Covington dominated at the net, primarily thanks to the blocking of freshman Caitlin Crawford and senior Holly Tobias. The duo combined for 25 blocks, with Crawford recording 15 and Tobias 10.

"We knew they (Fairlawn) liked to hit from the outside, so we took away the angles," Smith explained. "The girls did a great job reading the hitters and getting their hands on the ball."

The Lady Buccs were sound defensively as well with sophomore Rachel Rindler leading the way with 24 digs. Seniors Krissi Tobias and Holly Tobias recorded 19 and 18 digs respectively.

"We've improved so much defensively this season," said Smith. "Fairlawn is a scrappy team and very sound fundamentally, so we had to be sound as well. You didn't see a lot of cheap points today."

Covington's solid defense set up a strong offensive attack as Holly Tobias and Alyssa Angle each recorded 10 kills on the afternoon.

"We passed the ball very well," Smith continued. "We did a good job of getting into our offense and putting the ball away."

And Covington used multiple weapons, not just Tobias and Angle as six different hitters were utilized throughout the match.

One example occurred in the third game with the score knotted at 13-13 as sophomore Emily Henry recorded three straight Covington kills to make the score 16-13.

When Fairlawn adjusted the defense Covington fed the ball to Kelsey Tobias, who drilled two kills down the middle of the court.

Those were big points in a pivotal game where Tobias and Angle never took a swing.

"When they adjusted to Emily (Henry) they left the middle of the court wide open," Smith explained. "Kelsey is good at hitting the ball to the deep-middle, so we went to her. We took what they gave us and mixed it up as much as we could."

With several hitters at his disposal, Smith was fortunate to be able to adjust his attack. When it wasn't Holly Tobias and Angle, it was Kelsey Tobias and Henry. When it wasn't Kelsey Tobias and Henry, it was Shelby Hoblit and Caitlin Crawford.

Covington just kept attacking with multiple weapons, with significant success.

"We did have some hitting errors early because we were over swinging," Smith said. "But once we took a little off our swing we were able to get the ball down. As good as Fairlawn was defensively, the girls did a good job of finding the open spots."

The victory improves Covington's record to 17-7 on the season as the Lady Buccs head to the District Tournament.

Awaiting is the top ranked team in the state in Jackson Center.

"We played them a couple of weeks ago and lost in three (games)," Smith said. "We struggled with our passing and that led to difficulty getting into our offense. When we did get into our offense we had success against them. I'm confident that if we can play the way we are capable of we will be right there with them."

The game is slated for next Saturday at 6:30 pm in Springboro.

The defensive performance of Krissi Tobias and others led to an impressive victory over Fairlawn in the Sectional Championship.