“We’re working on our serving and our blocking in practice,” she explained. “We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season.”
The Mustangs made a few service errors in the early games, but not in the fourth. That game saw almost no unforced errors with both teams displaying their passing, setting and hitting prowess.
Covington led early at 3-1, but Fountain Central came back to lead 8-6. The Trojans went up 13-10, but a service error on their part swung the momentum back to the Mustangs to took an 18-16 lead.
The hosts kept that lead until Covington ran off four straight to go up 21-20 and then 23-21. The Mustangs answered and took a 24-23 lead. The teams split the next points to make it 25-24.
Covington won the last two points to take the game 27-25 and the match three games to one.
Despite the outcome, Larson was upbeat about the play of her team.
“Our passing really stepped up - Taryn DePugh really played well in the back line - and so did our hitting,” said Larson. “Macee Williams was phenomenal - she’s rapidly going from just a freshman to one of the best players in the conference.”
Sutherlin was happy with how her team pulled out the win, especially coming from behind to take the fourth game.
“This was a good challenge for us and we stepped up and answered it,” she said. “Every time out in that fourth game, I kept saying ‘We’ve got to want the ball’ and they did it.”
Both coaches concluded by saying they were seeing progress in their young teams and were looking forward to more as the season continues.
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org