By Chuck Reherman
NORMAN – Playing a seventh match in four days can have a coach have those worries of a let down.
Southwest Covenant’s Lady Patriots did not let that feeling for head coach Samantha Lindsey last long.
The Lady Patriots came out and did manage to “take care of business” Tuesday night, rolling to a three-set win over Community Christian Schools in Norman.
And, SWCS did it without one of their big hitters.
The Lady Patriots posted a 25-18, 25-18, 26-24 win over the Lady Royals, who are usually one of the top teams in class 5A.
“It was a little rough, especially playing with Alex (Davis, who was out with a sore shoulder),” Lindsey said. “I wouldn’t say I was pleased, we didn’t serve well on Monday and in the Community match I gave them the benefit of the doubt with Alex being out.
“We didn’t adjust well, even by the third set, but we didn’t drop any matches,” she said. “Taking Alex out and putting new people in really messed us up. Our flow was really bad, we were a second slow at everything.
“Overall we served well so that was a positive. Our serve-receive was really strong, but defensively and offensively we just weren’t in synch going in. I was concerned that would happen and it did. But, hopefully it is a good growing experience for us mentally and this little patch of being tired and complacent because we are not getting to practice will make us stronger during the season.”
The Lady Patriots did control the pace of the match
In the last set, the match ended on a strange play. CCS had a kill attempt and Kindle Chamberlain was able to keep the ball alive off her foot to Kylie Moseley got the ball to fall in to get the win.
CCS had led most of that last set until the Lady Patriots made a late run.
“Our serving, serve-receive and that we didn’t drop a set were the positives in this match,” Lindsey said. “We could have easily dropped that last set, but by some crazy play at the end where Kindle got one off the foot and Kyle free-balled it in we won 26-24.
“It was a crazy ending, but we did finish,” she said. “We could have easily have lost than one and gone four or even five with them, but we closed out the game and I was really proud of them for that.
“Luckily we were able to close it out and not go more and give them any momentum,” she said. “That is something that has been hit and miss for us this season.
“You could tell we were just off all night. We would hit a ball and they were really scrappy, would put the ball over and we were just not ready.
“Our serving, though, was much better than Monday night. We missed 15 serves Monday.”
Macie Noland led the way with 11 kills.
The Lady Patriots are playing today in the Clinton Tournament.
SWCS will host Corn Bible Academy Monday and play at Harding Charter School Tuesday. The CBA game starts at 7 p.m. and Harding at 6 p.m.
By Chuck Reherman