New Albany stuns Floyd Central in five games PDF Print E-mail

Floyd Central won the first two games of what turned out to be a five game set against host New Albany Thursday night, but they didn’t do something very important, and that was win one more game.
Host New Albany won the five game match 13-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, and 15-11.
The Lady Highlanders almost pulled it out at the end in the fifth game, anyway.
The fifth was tied at 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3 before the Lady Bulldogs managed to pull out a 6-3 lead, prompting a Floyd Central time out.
The Lady Highlanders got to within 7-6, before falling behind 10-6.
Floyd then went on a tear, getting to within 12-10 of New Albany, prompting a Lady Bulldogs time out. The hosts maintained enough momentum to win 15-11.
Floyd Central coach Bart Powell thinks that his team will learn with time to keep leads in games like this.
“It’s a learning curve,” he explained after the match. “I’m hoping they’ll learn from that.”
Powell said he thinks it came down to his team not having very good serve reception at the end of the match.
Despite the strong start in the first two games, Powell said that it wasn’t the opening games that counted the most. “It doesn’t matter what went on at the beginning, it matters what went on at the end,” he said.
Powell tries to get his team feeling pressure every night out, to prepare them for the state tournament. “We play a tough schedule, so they have to feel this pressure night in and night out,” he said.
In the third game, the game was tied at 21-21, before the host Lady Bulldogs pulled out the 25-23 win.