Cougar volleyball gears up for upcoming Eagles
ROACHDALE-- With an eye toward Thursday's match with South Putnam, North Putnam's volleyball team tuned up for the clash with a match with Eminence Tuesday night.
The Cougars wasted little time in dispatching the Eels, showing a great amount of focus and winning in straight sets 25-6, 25-10 and 25-11.
The match was a strong statement after the Brown County Invitational last Saturday, were North Putnam went 1-2, losing to Greencastle and Edinburgh while defeating Indian Creek.
Cougar head coach Brandy Dickson said that the three-day weekend gave the squad time to go over how they performed Saturday.
"I think we laid everything on the line against Greencastle and we couldn't recover in the next game," Dickson said. "That's something that we need to learn to do and be ready for any opponent.
"We beat Indian Creek after we lost to Edinburgh but we were a couple of points away from playing for first or third, rather than fifth place."
There was little doubt as to whether the hosts were focused on Tuesday as Eminence took the brunt of a harsh Cougar attack.
Taylor Nauert led the squad with 12 kills and two blocks while Lyndi Parent supplied 14 assists.
Shay Lucas had 11 digs, Regan Bowling added 10 digs and nailed five aces while Haley Abdon and Adri Millican added three aces apiece.
Dickson said the squad did not overlook the Eels and stressed that to her squad before the game.
"We worked on staying focused throughout the game," Dickson said. "We tried to side-out on first balls, worked on some of our plays and got several of our subs in tonight.
"We stuck with our game plan of getting kills at the first opportunity. Lyndi Parent did a good job of setting, allowing us to put the ball away quickly."
"We were able to sub players in during the second set and changed up our set in the third to get some of our girls varsity experience," Dickson added.
Having gotten the match with Eminence out of the way, Dickson said the squad could turn their full attention to South Putnam, a match for which the squad would have little trouble getting up for.
"We'll have a tough practice Wednesday to prepare for South Putnam Thursday," Dickson said. "That's here and it is our first conference game.
"The girls are really up for it. We need to refocus, knowing that South Putnam is going to come out stronger than our opponent tonight. The girls are ready, though."
At North Putnam
Eminence 6 10 11
North Putnam 25 25 25
Next Match: North Putnam (3-8) hosts South Putnam Thursday.