DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County had to rally back Tuesday, in the first match of Laura Kinder’s tenure as the Lady Marshals’ volleyball coach.
After dropping the first set to Community Christian, Marshall would go on to take the final two of the best-of-three season-opener, since the match was played as a freshman/junior varsity/varsity tripleheader.
Marshall jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set, before CCA took control, rattling off a 12-4 run to take a 16-14 lead. The Lady Warriors would stay in front, winning the set, 25-19.
“I think in the first set, we were not playing to our potential,” Kinder said. “We got up, we got complacent and we let them come back and beat us.”
The Lady Marshals would again run out to an early lead in the second, with a 10-6 advantage. And again, CCA fired back. It would trim Marshall’s lead to 16-12 before tying the set at 19.
However, the Lady Marshals eked out a 25-23 win in the second.
Marshall controlled the pace in the third, taking the match with a 25-17 third set.
All told, Kinder said the Lady Marshals have bought in to the coaching change, after Dan Langhi stepped down to focus solely on coaching the girls’ basketball team.
“I think (it’s going) well,” she said. “I think we’ve had some great practices. I think we’re getting along well as a team, which is really important. And, I think they’ve made a great transition to the new coaching staff and that they’re doing what we’re asking them to do.”
For CCA coach Rhet McMullen, who said he said he was happy with how the first two sets were played, the key for the Lady Warriors moving forward this season is to play with more consistency for a longer period of time.
“The thing I’m most pleased with is the girls keeping (the ball) in play and not beating yourself,” McMullen said. “They have an excellent team. They can hit a ball really well. It’s the first game of the year. We’ve just got to be more consistent longer. And, that’s where I come in. I’ve got to get them working longer. Matches are going to be long and we have to do some things (differently) because we’re not going to pound people off the floor. We’ve got to dig and explore the whole floor. Corners, cuts, tips, we’ve got to do it all. We can’t rely on just hitting the ball at people.”
Halle Langhi paced the Lady Marshals’ attack with six kills and three blocks.