COVINGTON - Newton's volleyball team celebrated a little too early after winning the second game against Eastside as the Lady Eagles won the third game to win the match 25-21, 19-25, 25-13 on Tuesday.
"That was their first win this season. I wish they hadn't given up," Newton coach Shandelyn Carter said. "I just have to remind them just how good it feels to actually win. I think they really like that feeling. Now that they have a taste of that they can try to win again."
However, Shiloh was able to get the best of both teams to sweep the three-way match.
Shiloh started the meet beating Newton 25-10, 25-12. The Lady Eagles had a chance to stop the sweep but lost the first game 27-25 after leading 21-9 at one point.
"I was concerned until towards the end of the first game because I thought we had the game. Even though I tell them until the score is 25 we continue to play. I think they got a little too comfortable," Eastside coach Angie Lewis said.
The Lady Generals took the second game 25-7 to win the meet.
In the final match between Newton and Eastside, the Lady Rams led 11-9 before freshman Tiffany Lo served eight straight points, including two of her four aces for the night, to give Eastside a 17-11 advantage.
Newton was able to stay close but was unable to undo the lead Lo gave the Lady Eagles.
"We won the first match against them even though we had five service errors," Lewis said.
Neither team was able to pad their lead in the second game as the Lady Eagles closed the gap to 21-19 before giving up the serve and giving it to Alethea Faggett.
Faggett turned the opportunity into a win serving the final four points including an ace.
"They deserve to win. I think they played better then we did that game. I was disappointed the way we played that game. We had a lot of errors," Lewis said. "I think we got to comfortable and still have a lot to learn about giving 100 percent the whole time. I figured they would've learned after Shiloh that you don't get too comfortable no matter how big of a lead you have."
The loss not only woke up the Lady Eagles, it also sparked Katie Johnston who served eight straight points, with five coming off aces.
Johnston finished the three matches with 12 aces and eight kills. Most of the kills were on sets by Lo.
"(Lo) still has a lot to learn as a varsity setter. Katie likes her set, but Tiffany needs to learn how to call for help. It's a good combination with them," Lewis said.
Johnston aced the final two points to give Eastside the win.
Also contributing to Eastside's win were Antonia Mullins, with three kills and two blocks, and Naomi Willis' defensive play with nine digs.
Pacing the Lady Rams was Joy Pollock who had one kill, three aces and three blocks.
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