CHURUBUSCO — For the Churubusco volleyball team, it isn’t a matter of not playing hard, scoring points or making great plays. It’s just a matter of finishing the game.
The Lady Eagles hosted Central Noble Tuesday night and were handed a 3-0 loss.
Though they lost in three games, ’Busco didn’t go down without a fight. The second and third games began with the Lady Eagles taking quick 6-2 and 7-3 leads that were eventually relinquished.
“Right now we’re just trying to learn how to win,” said Lady Eagles head coach Trinda Goings. “The desire is there, we’re just getting that killer instinct to win the game.”
The first match was a point-for-point, nose-to-nose battle between the Lady Eagles and the Lady Cougars. For the first 17 serves, neither team got more than a two-point lead.
Unfortunately, the next seven points were scored by Central Noble and the Lady Eagles fell 25-17.
The second match kicked off differently than the first one ended. ’Busco came out strong and held the lead until the 12th point was scored.
A series of bad luck plagued the Lady Eagles, causing them to be out scored 16-25 by Central Noble.
The final match was a near repeat of the first. Churubusco gave up 12 consecutive points, digging itself a hole too deep to climb out of.
The Lady Eagles fell 15-25 in the final match.
Though the scoreboard may not show it, ’Busco made some good plays for the night.
“We’ve been focusing on putting the ball away and we saw that a little tonight when things were going well,” Goings said. “We’re going to work on that more this week.”
Junior Heather Monk posted a strong night, racking up nine kills and three solo blocks.
“She is stepping up and being much more aggressive,” Goings noted of Monk. “She is being more available and making an approach versus only relying on her athleticism.”
Also adding to the Lady Eagle stat-book were junior Haleigh Gross with 15 digs and senior Ashlie Shelton with 13 assists.
“They’re all working hard, we just need to take what we do in practice and put it in a game,” Goings said.