SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 - COVINGTON
Rebuilding a program is a process and Lonnie Cain, who is in his second stint at Covington, is in the initial phases of re-establishing his brand of volleyball - a brand of volleyball that requires players to play faster, think faster and react faster.
Unfortunately for Cain and the Lady Buccs, the early season schedule hasn't been kind with five straight outings against traditionally strong programs in Russia, Jackson Center, Fairlawn, Anna and New Bremen. The result was five consecutive defeats, but in the midst of frustration the team has continually made significant strides in improvement.
And this improvement led to a huge reward on Thursday as the Lady Buccs overcame a sluggish start to capture a victory over Ansonia in four sets.
Playing tentative and unsure of themselves, the Lady Buccs squandered the first set with mental mistakes - including five serving errors.
But the Lady Buccs were able to regroup and overcome more mental mistakes in the second set by capturing a thrilling 25-23 win.
This set up a pivotal third set, which Covington jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and was eventually able to hold on for a 25-18 win.
With all the momentum on the home side of the court, the Lady Buccs dominated the fourth and deciding set - cruising to a 25-10 win. It capped an evening in which the Lady Buccs played better volleyball from one set to the next.
Brooke Gostomsky led Covington with 12 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces and 2 blocks, while Rachel York had 8 kills and 11 digs. Arianna Richards had 14 assists and 4 aces, while Bre Dieperink dished out 11 assists.
The Lady Buccs are now 1-5 on the season and 1-0 in CCC action and will travel to face Tri-Village next Tuesday.
Covington Junior Varsity defeated Ansonia 29-27 and 25-10, while the Covington Freshman traveled to Ben Logan HS for a match. Ben Logan Freshman defeated Covington Freshman in three sets. Covington won set number one 26-24 and lost the next two 14-25 and 26-28.