Heart of a champion
After losing to CCA in the semi finals of the All A a week earlier, the Lady Bomber volleyball team had two choices. They could either dwell on the loss or refocus on the remainder of the season. The Lady Bombers appeared to have decided to take the second path as they won all three matches during the week.
The Lady Bombers started the week back in the friendly confines of the Green Palace on Monday night with a match against first year program St. Mary. The Lady Bombers cruised to the 25-8, 25-6, 25-6 match win. Next up was the trip to Draffenville to take on the Lady Marshalls, who came into the game a perfect 6-0 against first region opponents. However, the Lady Bombers left the game handing the host their first loss of the year to an opponent in the first region. After losing the first set 19-25, the Lady Bombers took a hard fought 26-24 victory to tie the match at one set each. The Lady Bombers used that win to propel them through the next two sets as they took those 25-21 and 25-19 to win in four sets. “We played very well and made some blocks and hustled,” said Lady Bomber Coach Adam Solomon
This set up a rematch with the Lady Warriors of CCA on Thursday night at CCA. One of the keys in their loss the prior Saturday in the All A was the lack of blocking. The girls had some nice blocks in the first set, but have too many unforced errors and lost the first set 17-25. Coach Adam Solomon expressed his displeasure with the girls’ performance following the first set loss. The Lady Bombers played better, but still came up with the 22-25 loss. With their backs against the wall, the Lady Bombers came out and made a statement. After falling behind 13-16, two of the Lady Bomber kill queens started the rally. Taylor Foster had a kill to trim the lead to two. Elizabeth Goodin then got a kill of her own and Foster connected with an ace to tie the set at 16 all. The match remained tight and with the score tied at 21 all, Foster made the kill to give the advantage back to the Lady Bombers. The Lady Bombers made it over the hill and took the set with the 25-22 set victory. They still were facing elimination as they faced the fourth set. Neither team would give an inch in the fourth set as neither team led by more than three points the entire set. With the Lady Bombers up 22-21, Kaylee Stover had a kill to push the lead to two. The Lady Bombers pushed the lead to the largest advantage at 24-21, but CCA would not go away. The host team made the point to regain the serve at 24-22. However, the Lady Bombers were able to finish off the second set as they responded with another 25-22 victory setting up the decisive fifth set. The last set would go to 15 points. It went back and forth as the Lady Bombers went up 5-3, but then fell behind 7-9. Foster had another kill to cut the deficit to one. After tying the game at nine all, the Lady Warriors made the next point to go up 9-10. However, that would be the last points they would score. Stover made a kill to tie the game up at ten all, and Foster’s rotation came up to serve. Back-to-back kills by Goodin and an ace by Foster extended the lead to 13-10. Another point by the Lady Bombers set up the final point. Goodin put the exclamation point on the night as she got the kill to end the match. The win helped ease some of the pain of prior week’s loss to CCA as the Lady Bombers claimed the 17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-10 match victory to improve to 11-5 on the year.
“What a heart of a champion,” said Solomon after coming back from the two set deficit as he added, “Since we have gone to a five set format, we have come from two sets down three times. Two of those times have come against CCA. This has to be the sweetest one after losing to them in the All A.” The Lady Bombers have a big district game Tuesday against Graves County at the Green Palace before traveling to Calloway County on Thursday. “Nothing but teamwork,” said Solomon as his team knows that sticking together and relying upon each other will make the difference in the remainder of the year. If they continue to put forth the effort and the never die attitude shown on Thursday night, this Lady Bomber team will a contender for the overall regional tournament.