The last time the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs and the Fairfield Lady Lions volleyball teams met, Lynchburg came away with a three set sweep. On Tuesday night, the two teams met up again. Lynchburg started off a little shaky, but came back to beat the Lady Lions 3-1.
The Lady Mustangs were coming off a week off winning three games in a row and were feeling good about themselves. It seemed, from the first set of the night, a little too good.
“I think we were feeling a little too good about ourselves,” said Lynchburg head coach Mark Faust after the game. “We were coming off winning three games in a row last week. I told the girls Friday night, that Fairfield was going to be better and I told them yesterday at practice that we need to show up to play tonight and just couldn’t expect the same outcome as earlier in the year. Fairfield came ready to play and it showed in the first set. We’ll take it, but I’m not happy with the way we played tonight.”
In set one, the Lady Lions took advantage of some laid back play from the Lady Mustangs and maintained control the whole set and won it easily with a score of 25-10.
Luckily, the Lady Mustangs got into a better mindset and ended up winning the next three sets 25-13, 25-19, and a down to the wire fourth set with a final of 25-21. In the fourth set, late in the game, the score was tied at 21 all. Coach Faust called a timeout to talk to his girls who went on to score four straight and win the game.
“The one thing we’ve been getting better at is finishing games,” Faust said. “When we got to 21-21, i told the girls we just have to be tougher than them. We have to find a way to win. We’ve been in these situations and we’re starting to get over that hump and if we’re going to do well the rest of the year, we have to win those games that are 21-21.
One girl that stood out for me tonight was Emily Roush. We’ve had her in a couple different positions and this is only her second year playing. Tonight she was really active at the net. She got a lot of hands on ball defensively, she had some kills, and she even saved a couple points by getting some digs up out of the net. I was really pleased with the way she played tonight.”
The Lady Mustangs improved to 8-7 overall on the year with the win and are now 4-3 in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.