The Coffee County Lady Raiders squandered a two set lead as they were defeated in five sets (25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 26-28, 15-12) by the Lincoln County Lady Falcons Monday night in Manchester.
“We did not play up to our potential tonight,” stated CHS head coach Andrew Taylor. “If you let a team hang around crazy things can happen in the end.”
CHS (6-8 overall, 1-1 District 6-AAA) led 18-16 late in the third match when Lincoln County made a 9 to 1 run stealing the third set from the Lady Raiders, by a score of 19-25.
The fourth set of the match was tied at 25-25, when a Lady Falcon committed a serving error, giving the Lady Raiders a 26-25 lead. The lead would be short lived as Lincoln scored three consecutive points to claim the match 28-26.
Coffee County missed an opportunity in the fifth and final set with the game tied 9-9. The Lady Raiders were on the losing end of a 6 to three run, which gave the Lady Falcons the match.
“We have to keep our focus when things go wrong,” stated senior Katelyn Husted. “We definitely did not play to our full potential tonight.”
Coffee County fell behind in the first set by a margin of 7-3 before the Lady Raiders went on a five to one run to tie the game at 8-8. CHS and Lincoln County battled for control of the first set on their way to a 19-19 tie. Kelsey Munn was clutch for CHS in the first set, with the Lady Raiders scoring on four consecutive scores in rout to a 25-23 victory.
The Lady Raiders took a 7-2 lead in the second match, before allowing a 13-8 run to tie the game at 15-15. CHS jumped out to a slim 17-15 lead and never looked back as Coffee County made an 8 to 7 run to claim the second match 25-22.
“We really got down on ourselves after we made a few bad passes,” stated senior Brooke Carter. “We need to have better communication going deeper into the season.”
Carter had seven aces, six assists, seven kills and one block for the Lady Raiders in the contest.
“Brooke did a nice job for us tonight,” said Taylor. “She did some setting for us and did a nice job at the net.”
The Lady Raiders d0 not have time to dwell on the loss to the Lady Falcons for long as they travel to Sparta to take on district foe White County tonight.
CHS will host Cumberland County at 6 p.m. Thursday night, as well as the Southern Slam Tournament this weekend in Manchester.
“It is extremely important for us to have a good showing at the Southern Slam Tournament,” said Carter. “It’s in our home gym and in front of our family and friends, so we will come out here expecting to win.”
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