By Rob Kiser, Piqua Daily Call
OCTOBER 18, 2019 - COVINGTON
In the fourth and final match of the day, 12th seed Covington saw its season end at 10-13 with a 25-18, 17-25, 25-13, 25-17 loss to the ninth seed Fairlawn.
“I thought our first touches weren’t consistent enough,” Covington coach Lonnie Cain said. “We had the setters running all over the place too many times.”
Fairlawn opened a 7-1 lead in the opening set and Covington never recovered.
But, the Buccs quickly flipped the script in the second set.
Lauren York had an early kill, then served three straight points - including an ace - to give Covington a 5-1 lead.
Fairlawn got as close as 14-13, before Covington pulled away.
A kill by Emmaline Kiser and an ace by Hillary Hoying made it 23-15 and Covington finished off the set with two points on Fairlawn hitting errors.
“Once we improved our ball handling, then we were able to attack and force some Fairlawn mistakes,” Cain said.
Then Fairlawn turned things around.
The Jets won the third set 25-13 and led 13-4 in the fourth set before an amazing comeback by the Buccs.
Hoying had a six-point service run to cut the deficit to 13-11.
At 15-13, Kiser served three straight points — including an ace — to give Covington a 16-15 lead.
“Emmaline (Kiser) didn’t play in the first match with Fairlawn because of injury,” Cain said. “I thought she played well today. Really, the whole team played well.”
Fairlawn was then able to score 10 of the next 11 points to finish off the match and Covington’s season.
“If you look at where we were at the beginning of the season, we have improved 200 percent,” Cain said. “I am really happy with the progress we made.”