COVINGTON — Salem’s volleyball team looked like they were on their way to sweep the three-way match against Alcovy and Eastside on Thursday at Eastside.
After taking both games against Eastside with 25-21, 25-13 wins , Salem shutdown Alcovy 25-9 in the first game. However, Alcovy was able to stay close to win the second game 25-19. Alcovy continued to build their momentum winning the third game 25-19 taking the best of three series.
“We lost focus and let them get their confidence back then it became a good ball game,” Salem head coach Stephen Bare said. “They just ended up being the better team in the end.”
In the first game of the match between Alcovy and Eastside, the Lady Tigers fell behind before finishing strong to take the first game 25-22.
Due to early deadlines, coverage of the second volleyball game between Eastside-Alcovy is not included in today’s edition.
In the game between Salem and Eastside, the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 12-6 lead and looked to be in charge. After extending their lead 16-8, Salem’s Bria Jones got to the service line and started their comeback. Jones had three aces and several big kills to help lead the Lady Seminoles to the win.
Salem started the second game strong and never let up beating the Lady Eagles by 12 points for the match.
Against Alcovy, Salem’s Sam Destafano had 12 straight serves including eight aces to take a 14-1 lead. Salem never gave Alcovy the chance to get back into the game to take control of the match.
However, Salem was unable to put the Lady Tigers away in the second game. Alcovy’s Aleisha Lett dominated the net with six kills while Femke Stoelinga did the same on the line getting four aces. Alcovy came from behind to take the second game 25-19.
Alcovy continued to built on what they started in the second game. The Lady Tigers played an all-around solid game maintaining a three-to-five point lead. Salem tried at the end to mound a comeback of their own but Alcovy was too strong holding on to the 25-19 win.
“Bria Jones is a force, her serve is phenomenal. Sam Destafano does the same thing. Her serve was on and scored a lot of points,” Bare said. “We still have a lot of aspects to work on. We do not respond well right now when we fall back. We need to work on staying in games and when we do fall back making the adjustments we need to make getting back in the game.”
In the Alcovy-Eastside game, the Lady Eagles jumped out to an 8-1 lead. However, Alcovy was able to take advantage of Eastside’s mistake while making plays of their own to close the gap to 15-12.
After tying the game at 20, Lett gave the Lady Tigers the lead from the service line to make it 23-21. Stoelinga tapped the ball over the net to make it 24-21 before serving the ball for the final point.