Drops, mistakes costly for Viqueens

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Audrey Cothran slams home a kill against the Lady Knights on Tuesday evening. She had one ace and six kills in Community's loss. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)

The Community Viqueens hung tough in the first set with Lancaster Christian on Tuesday evening, but fell in straight sets to the visitors in a non-district match.

"We're young. We're a little bit unsure of ourselves. We just have some young players. We had 32 dropped balls," said Viqueen coach Allison Martin.

"That means 32 times we let the ball hit the ground with nothing from the other side. We have to make the other team play against us."

Rallying, but...

Community fell behind early in the first set, but eventually rallied and tied the score at 21 apiece. Despite that rally, Community was stricken with a handful of drops and fell in the first set 25-21.

The Viqueens continued to battle closely with the Lady Knights into the second set, and again tied things up at 9-9, but was once again stricken with drops and a handful of miscues that allowed Lancaster to cruise to a 25-15 win.

"I think we're very capable of putting the ball away. We hit the ball well, especially in the first set. Serving just wasn't on tonight," Martin said.

The Viqueens continued to hang around in the third set, but never found its traction and dropped the set with a final 25-16 score.

Still young

Part of the problem, Martin says, was communication and passing with a young team.

"With communication we'll go in spurts. Passing is definitely our biggest thing. There was never a definite pass set spike on the other side. And I think we weren't ready in transition off of that because we're so used to teams that do that," Martin said.

Freshman Kizzey Lane goes up strong and taps a shot over the net for a point. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)

"They were just getting the ball over the net and it was giving us a little bit of a tough time. I think that's one reason we had a lot of dropped balls."

Community was led by Jordan Barnett, who accounted for five aces, one kill, one dig and one assist.

Lacey Reed also had a solid night, recording two aces, seven kills and a dig.

Community will hit the road on Thursday and travel to MTCS to face the Lady Cougars at 5 p.m.

Lancaster Christian 3, Community 0

Set scores: 25-21, 25-15, 25-16

Audrey Cothran 1 ace, 6 kills

Kizzey Lane 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 dig

Lacey Reed 2 aces, 7 kills, 1 dig

Jordan Barnett 5 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 assist