The Mason County Girl Royals fought valiantly however got here up brief of their first volleyball match of the season in opposition to the Pendleton County Girl Cats on Tuesday.
In a finest of 5 competitors, the Girl Royals went 0-3 to the Girl Cats, shedding every set they participated in on the varsity stage. Regardless of shedding every set, Mason County confirmed appreciable enchancment in every set as the sport moved on.
Set one was a dominant exhibiting from Pendleton County, working the rating up 25-8. Pendleton County was at match level for a substantial period of time, and gave up just a few factors to the Girl Royals on the finish, however ultimately made the purpose to finish set one. The Girl Royals fought again in direction of the tip, however had already dug themselves a reasonably deep gap and had been simply too far behind to return out on the profitable aspect this go round.
“They realized tonight that they will battle. Although they dug a gap, they had been form of in a position to dig themselves out of it and every recreation they received progressively higher. Tonight was a studying expertise for us.” stated Girl Royals new head coach, Nellie E book.
Regardless of falling rapidly behind within the first set, coach E book stated she was happy with her crew’s efficiency this recreation, and expects exponential enchancment over the course of the season.
Set two was a extra aggressive recreation for the Girl Royals, staying within the struggle extra typically and returning with some spectacular blocks and digs. It appeared as if Mason County found out how you can fight the Pendleton County protection this go round, and stayed aggressive for a lot of the set, however nonetheless fell behind ultimately, with the Girl Cats profitable this one 25-13.
“One of many issues that I appreciated, that we’re specializing in this 12 months, is when we’ve got anyone down and we’ve got them in a rotation that favors us, we simply don’t let up. We get as many factors as we presumably can in that rotation, and it labored out for us tonight particularly within the first or second video games.” stated Girl Cats head coach Jeff Sears.
The Girl Cats knew when to strike in opposition to Mason County, and would watch for the right time to unleash an offensive assault. Slowly, the Mason County protection found out how you can struggle them off, however by the point they got here up with a method, they had been already practically ten factors behind.
“Increase that confidence is a giant factor. Final 12 months they’d a 4 win season, so that they’re the underdogs. Increase that they will do it and having confidence in themselves is a giant factor.” stated coach E book.
That confidence, continued to develop and confirmed true within the third set of the evening.
In essentially the most aggressive set of the sport, the Girl Royals received out forward of the Girl Cats early, and led by two factors for a substantial period of time this recreation. A giant a part of the groups success within the later units, had been the digs accomplished by Makaylynn Crabtree and Camden Walton. With 31 between the 2 of them, Crabtree and Walton saved the Girl Royals within the struggle and trigger the ball to remain in play.
A number of returns, spike makes an attempt, saves and aggressive methods got here out of the woodwork within the early a part of set three, with it wanting just like the Girl Royals had been going to get a win underneath their belts and delay the sport. Sadly, the Girl Cats took off in direction of the tip and left Mason County within the mud but once more, profitable this set 25-14 when it was all stated and performed.
Pendleton County walked away with the victory this recreation, however the Girl Royals walked away with an schooling.
Coach E book is a veteran of the game, having coached for six years at Lewis County, from 2010 to 2015. The Girl Lions, their final 12 months underneath coach E book went 24-11, and noticed nice success 12 months after 12 months together with her on the helm. Mason County has struggled on the volleyball courtroom lately, profitable simply eight video games in two years, the Girl Royals have wanted a change of tempo and a contemporary perspective. Coach E book absolutely intends to get Mason County on the profitable aspect of issues, as time strikes ahead.
The Girl Royals hit the highway to Flemingsburg tonight to tackle the Fleming County Girl Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Mason County received’t face the Girl Cats once more till September 11, which this time round can be on the Girl Royals residence turf, and when the Girl Cats enter the fitness center, they very properly might even see a a lot totally different crew on the opposite aspect of the web.