CAYUGA, Ind. — It took the full three games in the finals of the 32nd North Vermillion Invitational volleyball tournament before Covington was able to defeat Attica for the title.
The Trojans easily won the first game 25-16 but the Ramblers came right back to win 25-14 to force a third and decisive contest.
In that game, Covington took a small early lead at 5-3 but then went on a spurt to go up 10-4. Attica rallied to pull within three at 12-9, but they could get no closer and the Trojans pulled away to win 24-13 to claim the championship.
Jen Sutherlin, the Covington coach, gave the credit to her team for winning the third game after playing so poorly in the second.
“I didn’t change anything,” she said when talking about the difference in games two and three. “The girls knew they didn’t play well and they started talking among themselves and then they went out and played with intensity.”
It was a lack of that same intensity that had bothered Attica head coach Jillian Harrison about their opening game with the host Falcons.
“Our weakness is our need to stay intense,” she said. “We sometimes lose it and we struggle to get it back. We need to keep our focus in every game.”
In the consolation final, Fountain Central edged the host North Vermillion in three games, 25-8, 13-25 and 25-20.
Both games one and two were decided early as first the Mustangs and then the Falcons jumped out to big leads in their respective wins and never let their opponent back into the contest.
Game three was a different story as the Fountain Central took an early lead, but only by two points before North Vermillion tied it up.
The Mustangs made a run to go up 15-10, but the Falcons came back to pull within one at 21-20 before the visitors scored the final four points to win 25-20.