|LADY BUCCS GET BIG WIN OVER 'HAWKS...
The Covington Lady Buccs defeated Mississinawa Valley in four games to improve to 3-0 on the season.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 - UNION CITY
The Covington Lady Buccs earned their biggest win of the young season on Tuesday, beating Mississinawa Valley in four games; 25-17, 25-17, 15-25, 25-14.
"Our defense was better tonight than it has been," said Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger. "The defense got us going and gave us some momentum."
And it was the hustle of Zoe Reck and Hannah Pond that sparked Covington.
"Hannah and Zoe were getting balls up tonight," Sullenberger continued. "They did a nice job of moving their feet and adjusting to the hitters. And our passing was really good tonight."
Which led to huge statistical nights from Covington hitters Caitlyn Crawford and Shelby Kihm. Crawford had another big night, recording 18 kills and eight digs, while Kihm tallied 12 kills and three blocks.
Also, Shelby Waag recorded 35 assists on the night and Zoe Reck led the Lady Buccs with 18 digs.
"We used our middle and outside hitters well tonight," explained Sullenberger. "It all started with our passing."
Covington also executed the game plan to near perfection - keeping the ball away from Mallory Livington, the returning conference player of the year.
"She killed us last year and we knew we had to keep the ball away from her," said Sullenberger.
Still, Mississinawa gave Covington some uneasy moments, jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the first game and a 5-0 lead in the second game.
But Covington was able to rally with its defense and win both games going away, 25-17 and 25-17.
The Blackhawks then took a huge lead in the third game and was able to withstand a late Covington rally to get back into the match with a 25-15 win.
"We got complacent," Sullenberger explained. "They are a good team with some nice hitters and they got some big kills to get some momentum going. We had a nice comeback there at the end of the third game, but it was too late."
Fortunately for Covington, the Lady Buccs started fats in the fourth game and cruised to a 25-14 win to seal the match.
"I could tell the girls didn't want this to go to a fifth game," said Sullenberger. "They picked it up in the fourth game and played the way we are capable of."
Covington improves to 3-0 on the young season and 2-0 in the CCC.
Next up is another Cross County Conference matchup on Thursday as Franklin Monroe comes to town.
JV RESULTS: Covington's junior varsity won in three games; 18-25, 25-16, 25-14.