|LADY BUCCS SEASON ENDS AGAINST TROJANS...
Covington dropped three straight games to Southeastern in the second round of the sectional tournament to finish its season at 12-12.
OCTOBER 20, 2010 - PIQUA
Nearly five months ago when Lindsey Sullenberger took over the Covington volleyball program she knew there would be an adjustment period for the kids in her program.
But she also knew that with hard work and commitment, there would be improvement from the beginning of the season to the end.
And it showed despite a three-game defeat to Southeastern in the sectional tournament at Piqua High School on Thursday.
"We are better now than when we started," said Sullenberger. "I knew coming in that there would be an adjustment period with me getting to know the kids and with the kids getting to know me and how I do things. Overall, this year was a good start."
Covington's season ended with a 12-12 record as Southeastern captured wins in all three games 25-22, 25-21 and 25-19.
And it was the inability to prevent the long scoring runs that once again haunted Covington. The Lady Buccs led 22-20 in the first game and surrendered five straight points to fall 25-22. Covington led again in the second game 10-6 and and allowed South eastern to score 10 of the next 11 points to take a 16-11 lead. Then, in the third game, Covington closed the gap to 19-18, but surrendered six of the next seven points to end the match.
"We were not aggressive enough and in the tournament you have to play aggressive or you go home," Sullenberger said. "We gave them way too many free balls tonight."
Whether it was nerves from the tournament atmosphere or the inability to capture intensity, Covington just couldn't get the momentum it needed to pull out the close games.
"I could tell the girls were trying, but we just couldn't get any momentum," said Sullenberger. "We made some very nice plays, but we couldn't do it on a consistent basis."
The loss ends the careers of two seniors on the Covington roster, Emily Henry and Josselyn Tobias.
But the remainder of the roster returns next year in what Sullenberger hopes will lead to bigger and better things in 2011.
"We'll definitely get started earlier next year," she said. "The girls know me know, so we'll hit the ground running. We'll start open gyms earlier, get in the weight room and get ourselves conditioned. We have to get stronger and develop that attitude on the floor."