VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The Covington volleyball team traveled to Fountain Central and while they lost the first game, the Trojans rallied to win the next three in close contests.
Fountain Central was coming off their first win of the year and came out strong in game one. It was actually their second win of the season thanks to an earlier forfeit, but the players only learned of it right before the start of the match with Covington.
“I told them they now had two wins,” said Mustang head coach Alyssa Larson. “It really got them going at the beginning - just what you’d want.”
Her team popped out to an 8-2 lead, forcing Covington coach Jen Sutherlin into a time out. The break helped the Trojans snap the Mustang run, but the visitors never got closer than two points in a 25-21 decision.
Game two saw Covington make a good run early to take a 13-8 lead and make Larson take a time out. This time the break only slowed the opponent and the Trojans took the game 25-17.
“We came out slow, which was a surprise,” said Sutherlin. “We played great against Benton Central on Tuesday and had a good practice on Wednesday, but we just weren’t ready to play until game two.”
Both teams got the lead and gave it up as game three progressed with neither able to do much until the Trojans went on a 9-2 run in the middle of the contest to take a 19-13 lead. Fountain Central closed the gap slightly but still fell 25-20.
“Our stretches of looking good are getting longer,” said Larson about the Mustangs. “We are working on consistency, but Covington is a good, solid team and we’re still learning.”
Larson said her team is focusing not only on being consistent, but also on some fundamentals.