|POSITIVE SIGNS, BUT MORE TO DO FOR LADY BUCCS...
The Covington Lady Buccs went toe to toe with Russia, but couldn't overcome their own mistakes in a three-game defeat.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 - COVINGTON
The Covington Lady Buccs showed signs of a talented volleyball team, but couldn't sustain a consistent effort in the three-game defeat to Russia on Monday at Covington High School.
Each game was close with Russia coming out on to 25-23, 25-19 and 25-22.
"We battled back and forth, but we couldn't get over the hump," said Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger. "We need to learn to overcome mistakes by putting them behind us and moving forward."
A perfect example of what Sullenberger was referring to came in the opening game of the contest as Covington stormed out to a 19-9 lead. Suddenly, the tide turned on a couple of mental mistakes by Covington and Russia took advantage to claim a 25-23 win.
"We would get some momentum by make some great plays, but then we'd have a mistake and hang our heads," Sullenberger explained. "We were so up and down emotionally and when bad things would happen we would take too long to recover."
The trend would continue throughout the contest as both teams would go on four to five point runs.
Each time Russia would be the team to answer at the end for wins in the second and third games to record the three-game sweep of the Lady Buccs.
"There were some positive we can build on," Sullenberger stated. "The girls played hard and look pretty good at times, but we couldn't sustain it throughout he match."
And it comes down to playing with emotion and intensity every second on the floor.
"In close games like this, emotion and intensity is usually the difference," continued Sullenberger. "If we would have played with emotion we may have pulled this one out. We didn't do that on a consistent basis and that's what you need to pull out wins like this on a regular basis."
Which is what Covington will need to do tomorrow as rival Bradford comes to town.