AUGUST 22, 2020 - COVINGTON
It has been an emotional, up and down summer for the Covington Lady Buccs (and for every other team for that matter) due to the uncertainty of being able to compete due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Fortunately the Governor of Ohio made the right call to allow high school athletics to resume - even with the strict guidelines.
In spite of the guidelines, at least the kids get to play, especially the seniors in their final go-around at the high school level.
For Covington, it was a bittersweet Saturday morning in the home and season opener against Russia. It was sweet to have the opportunity to play, but the end result was a little bitter as Covington dropped the contest to Russia in three straight sets, 13-25, 19-25, 14-25.
"Russia has always been a tough opener for us,” said Covington coach Lonnie Cain. “I think we competed better today than we have in past years.”
Covington’s roster is mixed with senior experience and youthful talent, which will take time to gel.
This showed against a seasoned Russia team as Covington had moments of success only to see the momentum swept away by inconsistency.
"We have proven to be an aggressive serving and hitting team during our pre-season, however today we were not able to find the seams and adjust to their solid block,” Cain said. “I am looking forward to this season, we are going to only get better."
Statistically for Covington, Ellery Reck led the way with 17 assists and 11 digs, while Nigella Reck had 7 kills and 10 digs. Emmaline Kiser pounded out 5 kills, while freshman Carlie Besecker displayed he outstanding athletic ability with 2 solo blocks and 8 digs.
In junior varsity action, Covington dropped both sets 20-25 and 14-25.
The Lady Buccs hope for a better result on Tuesday as they host Brookville on Senior Night.