|BIG PLAYS HELP SPARK LADY BUCCS...
Making the plays when you they had to is what propelled the Covington Lady Buccs to a 3-1 victory over Russia.
September 14, 2009 - RUSSIA
The Covington Lady Buccs volleyball team kept their unbeaten record in tact with a victory over Russia in four games on Monday.
Covington won by the scores of 25-19, 25-19, 22-25 and 26-24 to drop Russia to 5-2.
"Anytime you can get a win against a team from the Shelby County League, it's a good win," said Covington coach Jim Smith. "Russia is a very consistent team that doesn't make a lot of mistakes, so we had to play well to beat them."
And for the most part, Covington did play well. Especially Rachel Rindler, who recorded 20 digs on the evening.
"Rachel had a great game," Smith said. "She saved us on several occasions tonight with her defensive play."
Alyssa Angle also had a big night with 29 assists and six of Covington's 13 blocks.
"She (Angle) made a lot of key plays at critical times too," said Smith. "She had a couple of big blocks that gave us some momentum."
But the biggest boost of momentum for Covington came late in the fourth game as Russia took a 24-23 lead and threatened to tie the match at 2-game-to-2.
Junior Josselyn Tobias pounded a huge kill to tie the score at 24-24 and set Covington up for the final two points of the match.
"That was a big, big kill by Tobias," Smith emphasized. "They scored six or seven points in a row in that game and we lost all the momentum when the took the (24-23) lead. Josselyn came through with the big hit and totally turned the match around."
Perhaps overlooked by those in attendance because it came early in the match, the play of sophomore Shelby Kilm was big.
Senior Shelby Hoblit had went down with an ankle injury with the first game tied 12-12. Kilm came in and sparked a run to help Covington capture the 25-19 win before Hoblit was able to return in the second game with her ankle taped up.
"Hobs (Shelby Hoblit) went down with the ankle injury and Shelby (Kilm) came in and gave us a big lift," Smith said. "She (Kilm) played very well until Hobs was able to return to the game."
Covington also received solid efforts by its two big hitters, Caitlyn Crawford and Emily Henry. The duo combined for 25 kills.
The Lady Buccs host Arcanum tomorrow in Cross County Conference action.