New Albany dropped its second volleyball match to Pontotoc in a week, but the morale is high and the Lady Bulldogs are learning as they go throughout this first season.
“The rally play has gotten a lot better just since the last game,” NAHS head coach Lashay Ashford said. “We’re still giving up too many points at one time, so we’ve got to get better with that, but we’re talking more, so that’s great.”
The Lady Warriors opened, taking the first set, 25-8. Despite going down 20-7 in the second set, New Albany rallied to cut the deficit to seven, 20-13, before Pontotoc eventually took the set, 25-14.
That was also the same score for the third set, giving Pontotoc the win, but in that frame, New Albany opened, scoring the first four points, before Pontotoc answered with the next nine points. Ashford has seen continual improvement with her team, and feels they are playing above their first year status.
“I hate reminding them that we’re a first year team, because they don’t play like a first year team; maybe a second or third year team, but not a first,” she said. “So when they get down, I just remind them that we haven’t been playing as long, and these are teams that have had the practices and camps, whereas we’re just starting and some haven’t watched an entire volleyball game on TV yet.”
“They’re not discouraged at all, and they practice and come in every game ready to play.”
New Albany has three straight home matches coming up, beginning with Senatobia on Tuesday, Sept. 4.