|LADY BUCCS STRUGGLE AGAINST VERSAILLES...
The Versailles Tigers outhustled the Covington Lady Buccs en route to a three-game sweep.
OCTOBER 4, 2010 - VERSAILLES
Athletic ability only takes a team so far - its effort and passion that makes the difference between winning and losing.
That's what Covington coach Lindsey Sullenberger is trying to instill into her players, which hasn't quite hit home so far this season as evident by a three-game loss to Versailles on Monday.
"Physically, we're much better than we give ourselves credit for," said Sullenberger. "Phyicallsy, we can compete with any of the teams we've played, but mentally we can't. That's what's holding us back right now."
The proof is how Covington played with Versailles in the early parts of the first two games, only to see the host Tigers pick up their effort down the stretch of both games in 25-16 wins.
"We did hang with them early in the first two games, but they out hustled us in the end," Sullenberger explained. "They (Versailles) were good, vut they beat us on effort. I think we matched up well with them physically, but effort wise, they had us beat."
The wheels fell off for Covington in the third and deciding game as Versailles cruised to a relatively easy 25-9 win.
"We completely fell apart mentally in the third game," Sullenberger stated.
Covington has three games left against Bethel, Ansonia and Tri-Village before sectional tournaments. To be competitive, Sullenberger has the answer.
"For us to get anywhere, it's a matter of us selling out all the time," she said. "The girls have to be willing to give ever once of effort they possibly can throughout an entire match. Until we do that as a team, we'll continue to struggle."
Shelby Wagg recorded 13 assists and Josselyn Tobias had 18 digs. Caitlyn Crawford and Emily Henry combined for 9 kills.
The Lady Buccs host Bethel on Thursday.