COVINGTON, Ind. — Seeger had 3-0 record to win the Covington Invitational volleyball tournament. The Patriots defeated Covington, South Vermillion and Georgetown-Ridge Farm with only the latter team taking so much as a game against them.
“We were excited and came out ready to play,” said first-year coach Katie Rice. “I didn’t have to tell them anything - they just came out and did it.”
The deciding match of the contest happened to be the first one of the day as Seeger faced the host team and came away with the victory 25-20 and 25-18 in the best of three.
Covington ended 2-1 for second place, but after that first match, Seeger controlled its own destiny.
“We had players diving all over the floor - like those two,” said Rice, pointing to Tori Munson and Katie Market. “Our setter, Courtney White, is in her first year on the varsity and she’s gotten much better already this year.”
One other strength for the Patriots was their ability to block at the net, especially by the duo of Hannah Gustus and Miranda Synesael.
“Those two had three blocks on one point alone,” said Rice. “We’re really getting everyone where they need to be and I’m looking forward to their getting better as the season goes on.”
Covington coach Jen Sutherlin said her team was “pretty evenly matched” with the teams in the Invitational. This was an important point in her evaluating her team, as their previous three matches had all been against larger 3A schools.
“We didn’t come out sharp this morning,” Sutherlin said about the match with Seeger. “I thought we’d had a morning practice - and we ate breakfast - but we just weren’t as ready to play as we should have been.”
Sutherlin said one thing that bothered her all day were the mental mistakes that her team made. She also discussed their numerous service errors, but those did not particularly bother her.