|AN INSPIRING EFFORT IN LOSS...
The Covington Lady Buccs played some of the best volleyball of the season in a five-game loss to Tri-County North.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 - COVINGTON
The Covington volleyball team fell short of knocking off a talented Tri-County North team on Tuesday, but the Lady Buccs played their most inspiring volleyball of the season in a five-game loss.
"I'm so proud of these girls," said Covington coach Ashley Miller. "The girls played their nest game of the year and if we continue to play like that, win or lose I'll be happy."
Covington was right with Tri-County North throughout, narrowly dropping the first game 25-21 after being tied at 19-19.
The Lady Buccs rebounded to win the second game 25-21 and he then dominated the third game 25-11 to take a two games to one lead.
Unfortunately, although the effort was there for Covington, the Panthers managed to squeak out a 25-23 win in the fourth game and then cruised to a 15-5 win in the fifth and deciding game.
"Losing the fourth game really hurt," Miller said. "We had all of the momentum after the third game and had a couple of things that didn't go our way in the fourth game. Losing that game cost us the momentum."
Still, it was an inspiring effort from a team that is still relatively young.
"Our freshman stepped up, big time," Miller praised. "They played very well against a tough team. It's too bad we couldn't have finished it off with a win."
Still, the performance shows the progress the girls have made since the season began one month ago.
"We're starting to play well together," continued Miller. "The girls are having fun and excited about volleyball. And it's showing on the court. hopefully we can keep it up."
Covington was led by Jessica Dammeyer with 37 digs and Shelby Waag with 23 assists. Anna Snyder had 13 kills and freshman Brooke Gostomsky contributed 8 kills.
Next up for Covington is another huge CCC matchup against National Trail