The Mason County Woman Royals fought valiantly however got here up quick of their first volleyball match of the season in opposition to the Pendleton County Woman Cats on Tuesday.
In a finest of 5 competitors, the Woman Royals went 0-3 to the Woman Cats, shedding every set they participated in on the varsity degree. Regardless of shedding every set, Mason County confirmed appreciable enchancment in every set as the sport moved on.
Set one was a dominant displaying from Pendleton County, working the rating up 25-8. Pendleton County was at match level for a substantial period of time, and gave up a couple of factors to the Woman Royals on the finish, however finally made the purpose to finish set one. The Woman Royals fought again in the direction of the top, however had already dug themselves a fairly deep gap and have been simply too far behind to return out on the profitable facet this go round.
“They discovered tonight that they will battle. Although they dug a gap, they have been form of in a position to dig themselves out of it and every recreation they bought progressively higher. Tonight was a studying expertise for us.” mentioned Woman Royals new head coach, Nellie Ebook.
Regardless of falling rapidly behind within the first set, coach Ebook mentioned 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 Woman Royals, staying within the battle extra typically and returning with some spectacular blocks and digs. It appeared as if Mason County discovered fight the Pendleton County protection this go round, and stayed aggressive for a lot of the set, however nonetheless fell behind ultimately, with the Woman Cats profitable this one 25-13.
“One of many issues that I preferred, that we’re specializing in this 12 months, is when we’ve any individual down and we’ve 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.” mentioned Woman Cats head coach Jeff Sears.
The Woman Cats knew when to strike in opposition to Mason County, and would look forward to the proper time to unleash an offensive assault. Slowly, the Mason County protection discovered battle them off, however by the point they got here up with a technique, they have been already practically ten factors behind.
“Increase that confidence is a giant factor. Final 12 months that they had a 4 win season, in order that they’re the underdogs. Increase that they will do it and having confidence in themselves is a giant factor.” mentioned coach Ebook.
That confidence, continued to develop and confirmed true within the third set of the night time.
In essentially the most aggressive set of the sport, the Woman Royals bought out forward of the Woman Cats early, and led by two factors for a substantial period of time this recreation. An enormous a part of the groups success within the later units, have been the digs accomplished by Makaylynn Crabtree and Camden Walton. With 31 between the 2 of them, Crabtree and Walton saved the Woman Royals within the battle 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 trying just like the Woman Royals have been going to get a win underneath their belts and extend the sport. Sadly, the Woman Cats took off in the direction of the top and left Mason County within the mud but once more, profitable this set 25-14 when it was all mentioned and finished.
Pendleton County walked away with the victory this recreation, however the Woman Royals walked away with an schooling.
Coach Ebook is a veteran of the game, having coached for six years at Lewis County, from 2010 to 2015. The Woman Lions, their final 12 months underneath coach Ebook 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 court docket lately, profitable simply eight video games in two years, the Woman Royals have wanted a change of tempo and a contemporary perspective. Coach Ebook totally intends to get Mason County on the profitable facet of issues, as time strikes ahead.
The Woman Royals hit the highway to Flemingsburg tonight to tackle the Fleming County Woman Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Mason County received’t face the Woman Cats once more till September 11, which this time round can be on the Woman Royals house turf, and when the Woman Cats enter the gymnasium, they very properly might even see a a lot completely different crew on the opposite facet of the web.