Times Staff Report
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City volleyball team opened the season in style with a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference victory over Union (Dugger), 25-23, 25-7, 25-13.
Though the Eels picked up the three-game win, first-year coach LuAnne Anderson saw plenty of room for improvement.
"This was our first match and you could tell," Anderson said. "We played timid and unsure of ourselves in game one. We jumped out to a 6-2 lead in game one and completely lost our focus and intensity in the game. We got ahead of ourselves and made several service errors."
Lynsey Higgins led the way with an 11 kill game to go with five aces from the service line and three digs. On offense, Shaya Stevenson (13 assists) and Olivia Schindler (seven assists) helped set up the front line that combined for 31 kills as a team, including eight from Brielle Drelick.
"We were able to regroup and put a good game together in game two of the match," Anderson said. "We seemed to regain our focus a little bit and we began to believe in ourselves."
In the third game Clay City had some struggles with its serve, but was able to cruise to the victory against an overmatched Union squad.
"We jumped right back out to a big lead in game three, but once again service errors hurt us a little bit," Anderson said. "We really didn't have that many opportunities to swing tonight at the net. Most of our points were gained on Union's inability to return the serve. We will continue to work on serving and communication in practice tomorrow in preparation for our game (tonight) at South Putnam."
At Clay City
Next match: Clay City (1-0 overall, 1-0 SWIAC) travels to South Putnam.