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“Hot and cold” seems to have been the theme for the Duncan High School volleyball team this season.
Case in point was a triangular match Monday night at home, in which the Lady Demons hosted Big Pasture and Noble in matches played to the best two-of-three games.
The Lady Demons struggled against Big Pasture, losing in two, 12-25, 15-25.
Then the Lady Demons came on strong in the first game against Noble, winning 25-15, but then dropping the second game 16-25. In the third game, Duncan found itself in a 2-12 hole early on and, although the Lady Demons rallied, they could not overcome the deficit and lost 10-15.
“If we could play like that (in the first game against Noble) all year round, every match would be different,” said Lady Demon coach Sandy Mitchell. “We’ve been hot and cold all season.”
Some of that, though, comes with inexperience, the coach said. It was Senior Night and the Lady Demons have no seniors, so the players recognized their parents instead.
“They keep improving,” Mitchell said. “If they can just find a way to stay hot, we’d be winning more.”
Mitchell added the team’s mistakes have been what has kept them from winning more matches, but the young squad should cut down those mistakes as the players gain experience.
“They’re doing good and they keep battling,” she said.
The Lady Demons struggled to find rhythm against Big Pasture. Rebecca Brewer had four kills and four digs, Katherine Hruby and Chandler Hunt each had four digs and Delaney Mitchell served two aces.
Against Noble, however, the Lady Demons found early momentum in taking the first game, but Noble took the early lead in the second game and held the momentum. In the third game, the Lady Demons struggled with Noble’s serves, rallied late but could not overcome the gap.
Carly Kirkland had three kills and six digs against Noble, while Adrienne Gibson served three aces and Delaney Mitchell had one block.