For some strange reason Dexter couldn’t get untracked, they played well it’s just that their opponent Santa Rosa played better. From the very first game it was a battle between District 4-3A heavyweights. When the Lady Demons made a run, they would get ahead only to see Santa Rosa come back and take charge or take the lead. Back in forth the action went until the Lions seized control in the fourth set of the match, to win in four sets: 28-26, 20-25, 25-21, 25-10.
“Santa Rosa is good, “Dexter coach Andy Luikens said. “If you’re not in system it makes you have to dig and dig and dig. We just couldn’t get anything going, our passing struggled big time tonight for whatever reason.”
In the second set that the Lady Demons won, they jumped out to an 8-2 before Santa Rosa came roaring back to close the score to 22-20, before yielding to the Lady Demons. In the third set of the match it could have went either way, but the Dexter struggled uncharacteristically serving the ball, and they couldn’t convert on scoring opportunities with their serve. Somehow, they were not ready for the drop shot that the Lions hit continuously for easy points.
“They did that a lot last time we played them,” Luikens said. “Early on they (Santa Rosa) were swinging and we were blocking a lot better, and then they started dinking on us. It really came down to we didn’t pass well, and we couldn’t get into our system.
Luikens wants to shore up a couple of areas he feels needs improving are for his team to play better defense and serve better.
“They are great kids,” Luikens said. “I’m going to miss them it’s been a great four years with them. This was our year to do something, I’m proud they got to experience state playoffs last year. We fought and did what we could, it just didn’t work out.”
Luikens knows that teams will want to beat his teams bad after the last couple of years he’s had. His team will be young with a lot of work ahead of him, Luikens feels up for the challenge although, he will be sad to see his six seniors graduate.