Finding a rhythm at the right moment can create momentum in a match as the Cougars were facing a 23-11 deficit in the opening set before rallying with effective serves to knot it at 23-all, but Hampshire Volleyball did just enough to escape with the win and kept the pressure from mounting in an overall straight set match victory over East Hardy last Tuesday in Sunrise Summit: 25-23, 25-18 and 25-16.
“We didn’t quit and we didn’t lay down,” East Hardy Volleyball assistant coach Chris Hahn remarked.
“We played a good team. No. 12 [Renee Killough] is as good a hitter as we will see around here. That’s as good as they make them right there. As a team, I was telling our girls that’s what the top looks like. I was not happy that we let so many easy points get away. I thought we shot ourselves in the foot too much and you cannot do that when you are playing a team that’s better than you. Frankly, Hampshire was better than us today. I’d like to take a few more shots at it and we do play them a few more times this year, so we will see. This is a very good volleyball team we just played, but our girls didn’t lay down. When you play somebody better than you, you can really see your errors and see what you have to focus on in practice. We have a lot of stuff to focus on in practice. Our plan A is our two big hitters and frankly they didn’t match up with their two big blockers. We were playing out of our system and we did okay adjusting. We modified our game plan once we found out plan A wasn’t going to work and that kept us in the game. We forget what to do mentally sometimes and you can’t
This coming Monday the Cougars will host Pendleton County and greet Berkeley Springs on Tuesday before the Hardy County rivalry rematch against the Yellow Jackets on the road at Moorefield on October 15.