Lady Cougars handed two losses
LAUGHLIN — The Lady Cougars’ lead feet resulted in a pair of losses in the Cougars Den to Lake Mead Sept. 27.
Laughlin is 9-11 for the season and 2-1 in the NIAA 2A South League.
“They weren’t moving their feet, they didn’t step to balls that they easily could’ve passed but they just threw arms out and didn’t get to balls,” said coach Bryan Crabtree. “That was the story of the night.”
The girls lost in two in both matches of the doubleheader. The girls lost 25-21 and 25-20 and then 25-21 and 25-13.
The team started off in a significant lead in the first game of the first match but Lake Mead came from behind to take the win. That appeared to take the wind out of Laughlin’s sails.
Laughlin was in each game aside from the final game of the second match. Laughlin battled Lake Mead, losing the serve but getting it back and giving their own solid serves.
Dropped balls and not responding well to Lake Mead’s serves was the difference.
“I think we had some really good plays but all the little mistakes added up in the end,” said Caitlyn Schelper, a setter for the team.
“It’s rough right now with our serve-receive,” Schelper added.
“Our serving was really good, we got the ball over,” said Deztiny Duran, opposite hitter. “But not everybody was talking as usual,” she continued.
Schelper indicated pressure might have influenced the outcome of the game.
“I think as a team we kind of realized this was a big game for us, this was a playoff position for us and we can still make playoffs if we get it together and push ourselves harder,” Schelper said. “As a team, we just fell apart. We got in our heads a lot.”
Captain and setter Jasmine Donnett agreed. “What we’ve been trying to practice on is moving our feet and not (leaning) or anything like that but we started freaking out a bit and it got into our heads,” said Donnett.
“We got to let (mistakes) go,” said Donnett. “Forget that play.”
Outside hitter Faith McGeehan said they are better than the mistakes they made. “I think we let one tiny error mess us up the entire game,” she said. “We’re a lot better than we think we are.”
McGeehan said the team needs to work on being a better support system for one another, help keep each other up throughout the games.
“There’s a need for a team bonding experience,” said Duran. “We’re not as close as we should be as a team.”
Donnett said she has plans to get the team together to create a more supportive culture and creating a stronger trust.
“We can communicate more on the court if we communicate more off,” said McGeehan.
All the girls agreed they need to keep their spirits up, work together and keep moving forward.
“The positive thing is we did serve well,” said Crabtree. “That’s a good thing, that we didn’t give points away.”
“It’s just mentality of that we need to know we can win games,” said Crabtree. “There’s no reason we can’t do the same thing they did to us,” he continued.
Crabtree said Lake Mead is a good team, serving and hitting well but they didn’t do anything Laughlin couldn’t handle.
Laughlin is at Adelson in Las Vegas today, playing at 4 and 5 p.m. The girls go back to Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 3, to face The Meadows. Junior varsity takes court at 3 and 4 p.m. and varsity plays at 5 and 6 p.m.