By Thomas Sellers Jr.
In recently years as September cools off, the Munford Lady Cougars were preparing to runaway in the District 13-3A Volleyball standings.
But after the Brighton Lady Cardinals took a match against the defending champions in Munford earlier this season, the Lady Cardinals were looking to improve to 2-0 in the standings.
The Dyer County Lady Choctaws would not cooperate last Thursday night in the Brighton Gymnasium winning the match in three sets 25-21, 25-17 and 25-18 over the Lady Cardinals.
“They did a good job tipping,” Brighton Head Coach Cheryl Jacobs noted. “We could not get ourselves close enough to get in there and get that ball. They were hitting it all over the floor and we were fumbling all over the place.
“We’re going to go back over to their place later,” she added, “and try to take that one just like they took it from us.”
Dyer County’s process of taking the match against Brighton started slowly with the Lady Cardinals jumping out to a 5-3 lead in the first set. Brighton’s Shayna Johnson and Makayla Rose scored on kills to build the quick lead.
The Lady Choctaws kept the opening set close trailing 11-10. Brighton had a quick burst behind a kill from Abi Martin to take a 14-11 lead.
Dyer County responded with a 4-0 run to jump ahead 15-14. The Lady Choctaws outscored Brighton 10-7 down the stretch to take the opening set 25-21.
“I think we have a hole in our blocking other there to were we’re not getting any tips off off of them,” Jacobs noted. “ It’s coming straight to us which makes it hard to dig. We have to work on our net work. We were weak in the net today.”
The Lady Choctaws used a similar formula to stay in contention throughout the second set. Brighton trailed 16-14 late in the set before Rose spiked the ball for a point. Martin tied the second set at 16-16 serving up an ace.
Then Dyer County closed out the set with an 11-1 run in large part to the serving. The Lady Choctaws ran away with the second set 25-17 behind several aces.
“We were playing too deep,” Jacobs noted. “I was trying to get us get up there and play at the top of that key and play that ball right there. Now, it may have been some junk on it. I’m sure there was but you have to get both arms on it and keep plugging at it.”
Trailing 2-0 in sets, the Lady Cardinals kept the early moments of the third set close. But Dyer County managed to build a 19-14 lead. Johnson got the Lady Cardinals within 20-17 with an ace before the Lady Choctaws reached 25 points to remain unbeaten in league play. Brighton dropped to 1-1 in the District 13-3A standings.
“We’re going back to basics,” Jacobs concluded, “passing in the back row and the net work in the front row.”