|Lady Trojans bounce back to sweep Yantis|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 29, 2004 - CUMBY - The Cumby Lady Trojan volleyball team bounced back from a three game loss against North Hopkins last week and swept the Yantis Lady Owls, 25-18, 25-23, 29-27 Tuesday night at Trojan Gymnasium.
Coach Ron Hogue's team is now 9-5 overall and have evened their District 19-A record to 1-1. They will travel to Fruitvale Saturday morning for a contest against the Lady Bobcats, with junior high action starting at 10 a.m.
"We have to go to Fruitvale, and I would have hated to lose this game and that would have put us in bad shape in this district. I think if we go to Fruitvale and win that one we will be in good shape," Hogue said. "This will give us some momentum to go down there and play, and if we play like we can I think we can win."
In their three-game sweep at North Hopkins, Hogue said he believed his team did not play the way that they know how to play, and they still have work to do to finish out the district season competitively.
"I think they played played the way they can play tonight. I think we went to North Hopkins and, to be honest with you, I don't think we played up to our potential," Hogue said. "Tonight I think we played up to our potential in spots but I think we can still get better. I am proud of them, and they didn't let up."
In game one, the Lady Trojans relied on the strong play of junior Mary Ugalde during a five-point assault, picking up two aces during that run that gave Cumby a 15-6 lead. Ugalde wrapped up the night with five kills, five assists and a block.
In game two, the Lady Owls jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on three consecutive aces by junior Christina Bean, but Cumby was battled back to within one on an ace by senior Meagan Strickland.
Senior teammate Christina Chambliss ended game two getting one of her three kills on the night for the 25-23 win.
In game three, Yantis continued to keep the game close throughout as senior Kristan Crabtree had three of her five aces.
Dani Baur gave Cumby a 13-9 lead on back-to-back aces midway through the third game and then Yantis came back on clutch serving by Bean to cut the deficit to 14-13.
The Lady Owls then took a two-point lead on the serving of Crabtree with back-to-back aces late in the contest.
With game point on the line and Cumby leading 24-23, Baur missed the serve wide to keep the Lady Owls in the game.
Bean then tied the game at 24-24 on a clutch ace before missing her next serve for a 25-24 deficit.
Robin Allen gave the Lady Owls a 27-26 lead with one of her eight kills on the night, but then Ugalde and Strickland finished out the game with Ugalde recording a kill and then Strickland ending the game on back-to-back aces.
"I think because of our senior leadership with Meagan and Christina it balances out the rest of the group," Hogue said. "Meagan walked up there and did two good serves and finished it out."
Strickland had three kills and two aces in the game for the Lady Trojans while Chambliss had four aces and three assists. Erin Templeton rounded out the night with six aces and one kill in the game, while Scarlett Tarno had five kills.
The Lady Trojans' next home game will be Oct. 5 against Miller Grove and Hogue said he believes the team will work on key areas in preparation for that game.
"We are going to hit the ball at you, and they can play back a lot of the balls that you hit at them. We are going to work on that ,and we are not going to work on blocking at the net as much as we normally do, and we are going to work on playing back and playing off all of their hits," Hogue said. "I think we can beat them because I have watched them play, and we are going to have to play with every team in our district. I don't see any weak link in this district."