“We’ve got to pay attention to things mentally - we can’t keep doing the same things wrong,” she explained. “I’m okay with our serving because I’ve been trying to get our team to spot serve and that’s hard for some of them.”
Sutherlin continued, “I want them to be aggressive. I’d rather they make those kinds of service errors now so that later we can be comfortable with that kind of serving.”
Georgetown-Ridge Farm did not win a match in the tournament, going 0-3, but they were the only team to win a game against tournament champion Seeger.
They also were the only team who was in their first competitive match of the year. The other three squads had all played matches in the previous week.
“This was a good indicator of where we’re at,” said head coach Kim Fraser. “We learned what we could do well and what we need to do better.”
Fraser is upbeat about the team, saying that this is a young team, but for the first time, her freshman had game experience going into the season.
“Last year was the first year we had a junior high program at school, so we’ve got some kids that have an idea of what is expected of them,” she explained. “Maybe they don’t know a lot, but at least they have more of a start than our previous freshman classes.”
Fraser also said that the best thing that her team could do was play a lot of games.
“We need to play as much as we can because that’s how our young players will get better - they need experience,” she said. “When we play more, I’m sure we’ll continue to improve.”
South Vermillion finished in third place with a 1-3 record as they dropped contests with Covington and Seeger but defeated Georgetown-Ridge Farm.
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com