|LADY BUCCS DROP THIRD STRAIGHT...
The Covington Lady Buccs fell in their third straight contest, but positive attitudes and effort are on the rise.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 - WEST ALEXANDRIA
With Tuesday's loss to Twin Valley South, the Covington Lady Buccs have lost their last three games, but the team effort and attitude has gradually improved since their last win against Arcanum on Thursday of last week.
Over the weekend the Lady Buccs played with passion and emotion in losses to Anna and New Bremen and the trend continued Tuesday against Twin Valley South.
"Our girls have the right attitudes," said Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger. "Our effort was there and we played with emotion. Unfortunately our fundaments were not where we needed it to be."
Twin Valley South came into the contest with a 9-2 record, but Covington was within a play or two from claiming victory in the first game and the fourth game.
"Our passing hurt us tonight," Sullenberger explained. "Even on free balls, we had a hard time passing and those are give me points."
Covington dropped the first game 23-25 and then fell apart in the second game, losing 14-25.
But the Lady Buccs quickly rebounded to take the third game 26-24, before dropping the fourth and final game 20-25.
"A couple of plays here and there, we beat a pretty good team tonight," Sullenberger said. "If we make a few good passes in the first and last game, we beat them."
It wasn't for a lack of effort though.
"I'm pleased with the effort," continued Sullenberger. "We just haven't been able to put it all together yet, but it's coming."
Shelby Waag led Covington with 25 assists and Josselyn Tobias recorded 22 digs, while Shelby Kihm and Halley Reames each had four blocks.
Caitlyn Crawford also had 13 kills for Covington.
The defeat drops the Lady Buccs to 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the CCC and another stiff test awaits on Thursday as Covington host the defending CCC Champions, Tri-County North.