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The Covington Lady Buccs put up little resistance in a three-game defeat to Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 - COVINGTON
After allowing Mississinawa Valley to score five straight points to erase an 11--7 lead into a 12-11 advantage, Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger could only wonder why her team wasn't mentally into the game.
"Girls, I can't make you want to play volleyball," she said to the kids on the floor. "Come on, play some volleyball."
Sullenberger's urging was all for naught as Covington dropped all three games by the scores of 16-25, 16-25 and 13-25 in what was a lackluster effort.
"We'd make a couple of really good plays and then make a mistake where we'd get down on ourselves," Sullenberger explained. "We have a lot of talent. We're just not playing to our potential right now."
After dropping the first game 25-16, Covington showed some life to start the second game by building an 11-7 lead.
But Caitlyn Crawford went down to injury, killing the momentum.
Mississinawa rolled off six straight points and outscored Covington 19-5 over the remainder of the second game.
The Lady Buccs jumped out to a 7-4 lead to start the third game. But once again mistakes snowballed on the Lady Buccs and they could never recover - surrendering 21 points to just nine over the remainder of the match.
"We have to develop some leadership on the court," said Sullenberger. "Our seniors need to step up and take charge."
Covington, 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the CCC, has little time to regroup as it travels to face Franklin Monroe in another critical conference matchup on Thursday.