COVINGTON - The Alcovy varsity volleyball squad won two matches Saturday at its play date.
Victories came against county rival Newton (25-22, 23-25, 25-15) and Salem (25-23, 23-25, 25-21).
"Our serving was not our best thing," Alcovy coach Amanda Briggs said. "Those (were) kind of like whoever could stay in the rally the longest. But it was my girls working as a team, communicating and keeping the ball in play that did it. It was a team effort."
Overall, the Lady Tigers went 2-4 on the day, improving their record to 3-10. Last season, they were just 6-32.
For Alcovy, the win over Newton was extremely rewarding.
"That definitely kept the day going in the right direction," Briggs said.
After topping Newton in the opening match, Alcovy fell to West Hall (25-13, 25-23).
But the Lady Tigers bounced back with a win over Salem, a team that had previously pounded them in summer workouts.
"We got thumped by a team (Mount Zion) on Tuesday we had no business losing to," Briggs said referring to a 15-7 lead her team eventually gave up. "So, all week long we talked about teamwork; it was all about communication. That's what we worked on - working as a team, not quitting and not giving up on each other, and they showed that Saturday."
In the end, fatigue would get the best of Alcovy, after dropping three straight matches to Ola (25-14, 25-17), Morgan County (25-19 26-24) and Eastside (25-21, 25-27, 25-13).
Nevertheless, the Lady Tigers are a much-improved team from one year ago. In fact, they went three games Saturday three times, a rare feat last season.
"All the games were close except the one against Ola," Briggs said. "We were pretty evenly matched with everybody."
Alcovy will next travel to Forest Park today.
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