Spikers lose play-in at Douglas, 3-0
November 1, 2016
Sweet Home’s ran into a tough opponent at Douglas Tuesday, Oct. 25, and although the Huskies played some good volleyball at times, it wasn’t enough to stop the hosts, whose coach is retiring this year after a 47-year career at the school.
It was the teams’ second meeting of the season, as the Huskies opened their 2016 campaign with a five-game win over the Trojans. This match was more of the same, said Sweet Home Coach Mary Hutchins.
Douglas and the Huskies battled through long rallies with big plays on both sides throughout the match.
Sweet Home had to rally in a different sense in the first two games, Hutchins said.
In the both of the first two games, Sweet Home dug itself into “gigantic” holes and had to battle back, tying the score 21-21 in the first before losing 25-21. In the second, the Huskies again rallied with a 12-point run – from an 18-4 deficit – but it was not enough as they lost that one 25-16.
“We were very nervous,” Hutchins said. “It really showed in some of the things we did.”
The third game was “crazy,” she said. Sweet Home was down 23-21 and tied it after some “questionable” calls, including one in which Ally Tow made a “beautiful” play at the net.
The Huskies battled on before losing that one – and the match – 29-27.
“Defensively, we struggled and our service was off,” Hutchins said. “That was the team we played with really long rallies. They were still that team. We had trouble converting. We just made too many errors.
Hutchins said her team realized their goal of making the playoffs – Sweet Home’s first in five years.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” she said. “Our goal was a play-in game. Now we need to aim higher.
They’ve got one under their belt. Now we’re going to build on that, hopefully make it a more regular thing.”