The volleyball season is underway and the Clinton High Dark Horses suffered their first loss, a straight-sets defeat, at the hands of Lakewood on Monday.
The first two sets were really close between Clinton and the Leopards as Lakewood would only go on to win those games by just a handful of points. The Leopards bested the Horses 25-22 in set one and in a close second set, CHS would fall, 20-25. The third set, however, was much more lopsided against the Horses, as they would be dealt a devastating blow of 9-25 that ended the night.
Footwork and youth played a key role in the Horses’ loss, their coach said.
“We’ve got to get better with our footwork,” said head volleyball coach Jennifer Edgerton. “We weren’t moving the ball that well so that’s just thing we’ve to get better at. We also have a really young team this year. Aside from a handful of seniors, the rest of the team is made up of sophomores and juniors.”
Edgerton only has four seniors this season and, of the sophomores and juniors, only two of them are returning starters from last year. Edgerton is also working with another young player that she just pulled up for the JV team.
The Horses struggles weren’t just with the varsity volleyball team either, as the JV team also suffered a loss. The JV did have more success though, falling 2-1.
“Overall, I think the JV team was successful despite the loss they took, however we have got to work on knowing what it is we’re supposed to be doing and where we need to be at on the floor,” remarked Edgerton.
Edgerton is optimistic, despite her team’s first loss as it’s just the beginning of the season and she knows that they will improve.
“We may have lost, but it’s early so now we know we just have to continue to play and we’ll only get better,” said Edgerton confidently.
The Dark Horses play again on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. as they travel to Eastern Wayne.
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