By TODD LAMBERTH
After a competitive opening set, the Gallatin volleyball team was unable to hang with Beech on Tuesday night, falling in three sets.
The teams traded points for much of the first set before the Lady Wave were able to jump out to a 17-13 lead. Beech head coach Karrisa Earlie called time-out and was able to get her team back focused in the set.
The Lady Bucs reeled off five straight points following the time-out on their way to winning the set 25-22.
“I just told them we needed to pull it together basically,” Earlie said. “I told them we’re a better team and we know we’re a better team.”
While the second set ended with the same 25-22 score, it was a tale of two much different teams. The Lady Bucs led by as many as seven points during the set before a late rally got Gallatin back in.
Beech was able to close it out in the third set, pulling out to a 10-4 lead on their way to a 25-10 score to win the match.
Earlie attributes the comfortable score in the final set to the talent of her team coming out.
“I think we started playing to our ability. The first two sets we got too comfortable and let them control the points.”
For Gallatin coach Jerry Landers, he wants to see his team get over the mental hurdle of getting down early in sets and matches.
“We’re in the part of the season where we’ve got to fight through that,” Landers said. “We’ve got to struggle through it and we’ve got to keep showing that every ball, all that matters is the next play. We haven’t gotten to that point yet.”
Beech will look to carry the momentum from this match to Thursday as they travel to district leader Station Camp. The Lady Wave have a chance to bounce back on Thursday when they travel to McGavock.