COVINGTON - The Alcovy Lady Tigers started their tri-match winning the first game 25-15. But things quickly went downhill from there as they lost the next four games in their loss to Mt. Zion-Jonesboro and North Clayton on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers lost the next two games to Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 26-24, 25-23 before getting swept by North Clayton 25-18, 25-8.
"We're going to work on some team unity stuff in the next couple of days. I'm looking for a combination of girls that can communicate and I haven't quite found it. I think it's a teambuilding thing," Alcovy head coach Amanda Briggs said.
The Lady Tigers led the second game 15-7 before losing 26-24, sending the match to a third game.
"I wish I had something to say about that one. I am baffled. I think my girls mentally fall apart," Briggs said. "They know all the skills. They've been taught, but we haven't had a chance to practice all of them. We're watching the ball and we're not moving with it. Our feet are kind of stuck."
In the third game, neither team was able to gain much of an advantage. However, the Lady Eagles were able to capitalize on Alcovy's mistakes with the score tied at 21 to take the match 25-23.
Against North Clayton, Alcovy quickly found itself in a hole they found difficult to climb out of.
In the first game, North Clayton took a 10-0 lead as it easily won.
North Clayton also took a big lead in the second game, 8-1, but the Lady Tigers were able to fight back to close the gap to 19-16.
What made a difference was the addition of different players to the mix including freshman Brittany Jacobson.
"I think the new blood kind of mixed some things up. Probably what we need to do in each game is mix up our players. I don't think I need to have a set starting six. I think we work better mixing it around and getting fresh girls in there," Briggs said
But in the end mistakes played to big a part in the outcome as North Clayton came away with the victory.
North Clayton also swept Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 25-19, 25-15 to win the three-way match.
Holly Oakes and Malaceo Ivey paced Alcovy with three aces while Leah Anderson had two aces, three kills and one block.
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