By TONY EIERDAM
It was a tale of two matches Tuesday night at the Mineral Wells High School gym in a non-district volleyball clash between the host Lady Rams and the Brownwood Lady Lions.
“Match One” saw a Lady Rams team dominate at the net and the service line in a 25-19 win where MWHS led for all but one rally.
However, “Match Two” saw Brownwood come back from trailing early in each of the next three games to take wins of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-20 to win the match as the Lady Rams fall to 9-19.
Lady Rams head coach Taylor Eggleston said communication – or lack there of – was the key in the final three games.
“In the first game we talked and worked together as a team,” Eggleston said. “The girls were moving their feet well and played smart. We minimized our mistakes and communicated.
“(Communication) is something we have had a difficult time with this year, and I have spoken to them about being and staying consistent in every aspect of the game.
“We did not carry that over from game one. If we communicate, then it is not a guessing game (as to where everyone is supposed to be on the court).
“If we don’t communicate, then it is a guessing game as to where everyone is supposed to be, and consequently we are not making smart decisions.
“Communication for us is an issue of just being consistent.”
Eggleston also made a major position change before the match. All-district libero Bethany Allen was moved to outside hitter, and the aggressive, athletic senior displayed an attacking swing and recorded five kills. Defensive specialist Mason Malone was switched to libero, and she played a solid match at her new position.
“I think BB (Allen) did great,” Eggleston said. “She likes that position, and we will keep BB playing all the way around. She is willing to swing hard, and she doesn’t make many mistakes.