By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Lady Dutch Volleyball team dropped their first Cascades conference game of the season last Tuesday, falling to the Hanover-Horton Comets, 3-2.
After Manchester dominated the first set 25-15, the Comets won the next two 25-23 and 25-20.
“Momentum is a game changer. When an opponent strings together four or five points in a row, we get down on ourselves and on each other,” said Manchester head coach Trisca Beasley. “In the first set, we performed our coverage a lot more, there was more movement and communication. We were confident. In the second, then again in the third, they had a server that we struggled with. It wasn’t that she had incredible serves, we just couldn’t finish the ball and get a side-out.”
In the last set the score only goes up to 15 and the Comets took the win, 15-11.
Both teams came into the game ranked at the top of the conference, the Lady Dutch undefeated at 4-0 while the Comets were right on their heels with a 3-1 record.
Despite the loss Beasley took positives away from the game. After two easy first conference games, the last couple have been more competitive and allowed Beasley to see what the team can still improve upon with the postseason ahead.
After the game Beasley spoke to her team a little longer than usual.
“I let them know that Hanover was a lot more than I expected,” said Beasley when asked about the post game talk. “I let them know that we needed to really focus over the next few practices because on Tuesday, we face Grass Lake, the only remaining undefeated team in the conference. I expect to change that come Tuesday.”
The Lady Dutch close the season with Grass Lake (10/10, Senior night), East Jackson (10/17), and Columbia (10/19) before the conference tournament on Oct. 26.