Volleyball preps for post season

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The West Liberty Comets advanced to the conference tournament finale Thursday, Oct. 12, but were knocked out in the first round by Regina.

Despite the loss, the Comets battled it out for three sets before succumbing in the third 18-20. The match could have gone either way.

“We had our opportunities to put it away but we failed to do that,” said Head Coach Ruben Galvan.

“We got to make sure we finish the games,” he added. “We had the game serve and we missed it, we had an overpass we should’ve handled, just little things like that.”

The Comets lost set one 11-21, won set two 25-23 and dropped the finale set 18-20. The team had 33 kills and were successful 49 of their 53 serves. They also had 8 aces.

“We’ve played aggressive tonight and we left it all out on the floor,” said Regina Coach Jordyn Akers.

“We stepped up when we needed to, definitely pushed more,” she added. “They know that more is expected for the rest of the season. They’ve pushed when we’ve needed to.”

Including all regular season and tournaments this season the Comets have a winning record of 20-13 this season.

Post season for the Comets began on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at home against Tipton. The winner of that game advanced to play at Davenport Assumption on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

In order to get to the Conference Tournament finale last Thursday, the Comets first had to advance through the beginning stages of the tourney on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

They did battle with West Branch and Camanche. Since the top two teams were deemed to advance, West Liberty and and Camanche did so.

Against West Branch, West Liberty won easily 2-0. But, they ran into some trouble against Camanche and got swept 0-2.

Wins or losses, the entire Conference Tournament helped expose the girls to the kind of atmosphere they’ll face in the finals.

“We hadn’t seen West Liberty at all, so we were looking forward to playing a team we hadn’t seen before,” said Camanche Coach Heather Clark.

“The south side of the division is tough, so any team you play from there is going to be tough game,” she added.
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