In the match, it seemed as though every time the Mustangs needed a run, it was Abby Moore’s turn to serve and she usually came through.
Asked about it, she gave credit to her teammates, saying, “When we play as a team and not for ourselves, we do well. We really got together and were intense out there.”
Moore did admit to doing spot serving - hitting long then short or right then left to confuse the opponent - but said that is simply part of her game and again talked about her team.
“We were tired of being an ‘almost team’ - almost winning but not quite,” she said. “We went out and focused and got pumped up and played to our ability. When we do that, we’re fine”
For North Vermillion, it was a rough day as they fell to Attica 25-17 and 25-22 in the opening round and then to Fountain Central in the consolation.
Falcon coach Lindsey Cummings said her team had good and bad moments on the court.
“We got a senior back and I tried a couple of different rotations and people in different positions,” she explained. “I think it made us a little nervous, but I also think we played better.”
Looking ahead is what Cummings wanted to do.
“I think we’re starting to gel,” she said. “We’ve got only two players back from last year and the rest are just learning. We are starting to get more comfortable, but we’re still inconsistent. We need to play more games together.”
In the other preliminary game, Covington defeated Fountain Central 25-14 and 25-13. Sutherlin said having just played the Mustangs earlier in the week was an advantage.
“We knew a lot about what they liked to do and how they did it, so we were prepared,” she explained. “We had a good practice yesterday and came out today ready to play.”