COVINGTON, Ind. — Sometimes the other team is simply a little better. That was the case according to Covington volleyball coach Jen Sutherlin when her team fell to Lafayette Central Catholic 3-0 in the sectional 47 championship match.
“We played about as well as we could,” said Sutherlin, “But they were just the better team.”
Some of the teams that face the Knights are nervous or fearful in the face of the height and experience of their opponents, but the Trojans were not that way according to Sutherlin.
“We didn’t come out nervous — we were ready to play,” she said. “I wish we’d only played them to fifteen or maybe twelve because we played them even to that point each time. Then they’d make a run.”
The first game went as she described, still being as close as four points at 16-12, but then Central Catholic made their run and opened an eight-point lead en route to a 25-16 win.
“We practiced against what they did against the other teams and we tried to serve aggressively,” Sutherlin explained. “We even changed our defense a couple of times and it worked, but when they’d make a run, we couldn’t stop it.”
Game two saw Covington take an early 5-3 lead, expand it to 10-6 and then the Knights went on a 12-2 run to pull ahead 18-12.
The Trojans were able to play even up the rest of the game, but could not close the gap and lost 25-18.
“They have most of their players in summer leagues and we have only two,” said Sutherlin. “We have to change that. You have to play summer ball if you really want to get better.”
She also noted that the Knights had seven seniors while her team had two. She did not use that as an excuse, but did say that the lack of experience hurt her team.