|LADY BUCCS REGROUP AT NEWTON...
The Covington Lady Buccs rebounded from a loss to Fairlawn to capture the first win over the season at Newton.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 - PLEASANT HILL
After a frustrating loss to Fairlawn in the season opener on Monday, first-year Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger was looking for a better effort in the CCC opener at Newton, Thursday.
And for the most part, Sullendberger got what she wanted.
"This was definitely an improvement over Monday," said Sullenberger after her team won in four games. "We still had a lot of errors, but we played much better as a team than we did against Fairlawn."
Covington did get off to a sluggish start, splitting the first two games by the scores of 25-17 and 23-25.
But the Lady Buccs picked up the intensity in the final two games, cruising to 25-14 and 25-13 wins.
"We started slow, but our energy increased immensely after the second game," Sullenberger said. "They (Newton) were a good blocking team and they hurt us with that in the first two games. But we made some adjustments and played much better in the last two games."
The Lady Indians were also good at mixing up their hitting, changing speeds on Covington.
This gave the Lady Buccs fits defensively.
"We have some things we need to work on defensively," said Sullenberger. "The off-speed ball really hurt us tonight. We have to learn move our feet better."
Fortunately for Covington, Newton had a difficult time stopping Lady Bucc hitters, Caitlyn Crawford and Emily Henry.
The duo combined for 25 kills on the evening.
"They (Crawford and Henry) had pretty good nights," Sullenberger said. "Our serve receive saved us because we were able to get into our offense and give our hitters good balls to hit."
Shelby Waag with 26 assists, while Josselyn Tobias recorded 23 digs.
Covington improves to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCC. The junior varsity squad captured a 2-1 victory as well.
The Lady Buccs are back in action at home against Mississinawa Valley.