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Lady Cougars shake off jitters

September 20, 2018

LAUGHLIN — The Lady Cougars volleyball team won six in a best of five doubleheader match against league opponent Calvary Chapel Lady Lions.

The girls won 25-22 then lost 25-22. They rebounded with a 25-14 and finished the match with a 25-17 win on Sept. 12. They won 25-23, 25-19 and 25-13 on Sept. 14. Most times, league games are doubleheaders but in this case the girls split the matches into two nights.

“I felt that we kept making some silly mistakes that caused those games to be closer than they should,” coach Bryan Crabtree said of the homecoming game. “But overall I was happy. Our passing was really good, our serving was good.”

Savannah Santillano attacked the ball really well, he said.

He’s still working to get the other girls to do the same, Crabree continued.

“They are just timid,” the coach said. “When my girls are attacking the ball, they aren’t following through on their swing.”

The match earlier in the week wasn’t much different.

There were missed serves and some miscommunication, said Crabtree.

“It was mostly us making mistakes,” he said.

On the positive side, Crabtree said he’s had several people come up to him and compliment the team.

“Teams are going to make mistakes,” he said. “We just have to work on making fewer mistakes.”

The team will work to be prepared for the upcoming River Valley tournament which features bigger schools, said Crabtree.

There will be even stiffer competition there, he continued.

Crabtree noted the girls always start off a little bit nervous. Having the home crowd for homecoming possibly added to that, he said.

There are a lot more students coming and while that adds to nerves, it also helps, said Crabtree.

He wants to keep that momentum going of building up school pride and also support for the volleyball team, he said.

Crabtree credits the progress the team has made on a new coaching technique he’s using this season. Crabtree has the team watch videos of college teams and make notes on terminology and plays.

“We do the same things college players do, they just do it at a higher level,” said Crabtree.

He gives his players homework and the girls are learning more about their positions and earning a better understanding of the game, he said.

Laughlin will go to the River Valley Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22. Times are to be announced.

On Sept. 25, Laughlin will take on Mohave Accelerated Learning Center in Bullhead City. Junior varsity plays at 4:30 p.m. and varsity takes the court at 5:30 p.m.

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