Back-to-back matches between the Hondo Lady Eagles and the NMMI Lady Colts resulted in a series split, with both teams earning victories on their opposition’s home court.
The Lady Colts won the first road trip, downing Hondo in five sets last Tuesday: 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-21, 15-13.
This week at NMMI’s Godfrey Athletic Center the Lady Eagles got revenge, soaring past NMMI in four sets.
“I felt like Hondo did a good job and they worked hard – I’ve got to give them credit,” said head coach Stephanie Schooley. “But I felt like we also beat ourselves. We just really struggled. Our intensity was down; we were down on ourselves; we let one mistake turn into six – you just can’t do that and still come a winner.”
The Lady Colts took the first set in a hard-fought battle that went into extended play, 27-25. But after that it was three straight sets for Hondo: 25-20, 25-17, 25-17.
“We have to keep our same intensity level and play like we know how for an entire match. We can’t be a one game team,” explained coach Schooley. “When we played Hondo in Hondo, we really had to fight to get back into that match and get to game five. We need to minimize our errors – that’s going to help a lot – just so many mistakes. When we were up in Hondo we missed 19 serves, but here at home, it was missed serves, serve-receive errors, not moving our feet on defense, being out of rotation, miscommunication in a lot of areas. We need to trust ourselves and trust each other.”
With the loss the Lady Colts fall to 1-2 on the young season, with another home match coming up next, against Loving next Tuesday.
“We do have a couple of days to practice. Hopefully we can put some of those practices to good use, because Loving is always a tough team,” finished Schooley.
Start time for the varsity match verses the Lady Falcons is set for 6:00 P.M, with the JV squads taking the court prior at 4:00 P.M.