Tuesday, October 3, 2018 - Covington
The meat grinder of a schedule - where Covington played a murderer's row of non-conference games - is starting to play dividends as the Lady Buccs have now won three in a row and five of their last eight matches.
And a sign of a much improved team is when it can find a way to win ugly - when you are not playing your best volleyball.
Win ugly Covington did on Tuesday as it was extended to four sets due to a lackluster third set against a gritty Tri-County North team.
"Ugly win, but a win none the less," said Covington coach Lonnie Cain. "I felt we were in control throughout the match, we just didn't terminate."
Covington broke open a close early set to take a 25-19 win and then controlled the second set 25-18.
But mental mistakes and lackadaisical play allowed Tri-County North to get back into the match with a 25-19 win in the third set.
"We had a number of hitting miscues and communication lapses during set three," Cain explained.
Fortunately the Lady Buccs were able to do just enough in the fourth set for a 25-21 win and prevent the contest from going to a fifth set.
The winning streak boosts Covington's record to 7-11 overall and 5-5 in the CCC, but a much better performance on Thursday.
"Thursday night we host a good Brookville team," state Cain. "We will be working hard on correcting those mistakes prior to Thursday."
COVINGTON STATISTICAL LEADERS:
Makenna Gostomsky - 5 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs
Ellery Reck - 24 assists, 3 kills
Makenzee Maschino - 8 assists, 3 aces, 8 digs
Maci White - 1 ace, 7 digs
Alyssa Kimmel - 2 kills, 7 digs
Lilli Hamilton - 12 kills, 4 blocks
Hillary Hoying - 2 aces, 4 digs
Marissa Fields - 3 kills
Olivia Mohler - 11 kills, 2 blocks
The JV team lost to TCN 20-25, 25-16, 20-25. They are 3-7 CCC, 4-13 overall.