Rossville loses to Western Boone
BY ANTHONY VENCE firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rossville girls’ volleyball team hosted Western Boone and suffered their second loss of the season.
The Hornets lost in three sets; 20-25, 24-26, 16-25. Despite the loss, head coach Rochelle Fakes said she was pleased with the way the team competed against a tough opponent.
“I was pleased with the way they played,” she said. “Western Boone’s a really good team.”
The Hornets looked strong closing out each set, but their slow start created a deficit too great to overcome. They narrowly lost the second set after missing the final serve of the set.
“We should not have lost that second set,” Fakes said. “We just missed the serve at the end and you can’t do that when it’s tight like that.”
Fakes said her team needs to play with more passion and “bring out the beast” from the very beginning of play.
“I told them you have to start right from the beginning, as soon as that very first whistle blows, and you have to bring out the beast from the very beginning,” she said. “We’re still figuring out how to do that.”
Fakes noted seniors Mattie McGill and Emily Martin as two players who’ve really stepped up their play to help drive the team.
“She’s (McGill) the glue that holds us together right now,” she said. “She’s got fire, and she knows the game. It’s almost like having another coach out on the floor.”
“Emily Martin has been stepping up verbally, which is excellent,” she added. “I talked to her about a week ago and just told her as a captain and a leader of the team she needs to be more verbal. She’s been stepping up real well too.”
After the loss, the Hornets are now 3-2 on the season. They host Delphi Thursday for their next match.