|LADY BUCCS SWEEP ARCANUM...
The Covington Lady Buccs are showing signs of coming out of their shells as more enthusiasm led to a three-game sweep of Arcanum.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 - ARCANUM
The Covington Lady Buccs put together perhaps their best overall effort of the young season with a three-game sweep of Arcanum, Thursday. Covington won by the scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-15.
"We played better tonight than we have been," said Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger. "We played with more energy and enthusiasm, so this was a lot better than the last few games."
Covington jumped on Arcanum in the opening game and built a 20-9 lead.
But the Lady Buccs struggled closing the show and had to hold off Arcanum for a 25-23 win.
"We had trouble finishing games, especially the first one," Sullenberger said. "We struggled with our server receive and it kept the first two games closer than they should have been."
Still, Covington was able to win the second game 25-21 and then found a way to finish in the third game, winning 25-15.
"We're learning," said Sullenberger. "Even tonight, we learned that we have to finish teams when we have them down. We wasn't able to do that in the first two games, but we did in the third."
Covington also had several kids step up with big games, especially Shelby Kihm. The junior was economical with nine kills in 13 attempts, while only recording one hitting error.
"Shelby really stepped up with a big game," Sullenberger praised. "When you can hit for around eighty percent, that's a pretty good night."
Caitlyn Crawford led Covington with 14 kills, while Josselyn Tobias had seven kills and a team-high 16 digs. Also, Halley Reames recorded 15 digs and Shelby Wagg had 15 assists.
But it was the 26 touches at the net for Covington that pleased Sullenberger the most.
"We did a good job of getting a hand on the ball at the net and then covering behind our blockers," she stated. "We only had four blocks, but we touched the ball a lot."
Covington also didn't hurt itself with serving mistakes, only committing four service errors throughout the contest.
"Really, other than our serve receive, we played pretty good in every other phase of the game," Sullenberger said. "Our energy and enthusiasm carried over into the physical aspect of the game and that's what we need."
The Lady Buccs improve to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in the CCC.
Next up is a double-header on Saturday as Covington hosts Anna and New Bremen.