After a home sweep to begin the season, the Duncan Lady Demons Volleyball team will look to rebound Saturday at the El Reno Tournament after a tough 3-2 loss Thursday evening at Cement.
Getting out to an early lead in set one, the Lady Demons won 25-16 before having to fight back to win the second set by a score of 27-25 looking for the sweep.
Cement was able to take the next three sets winning 25-16, 25-14 and 15-13 to drop Duncan to a 1-1 record on the season after the opening 2019 with a 3-0 sweep of El Reno at home this past Monday.
Lady Demons head coach Amanda Lard said her team played well in the first set before having to fight back in second set then dropping the final three sets.
“We came out pretty hot, got up to a big lead and we kind of maintained that lead throughout the first set while we were on and they were making a lot of mistakes,” Lard said. “It just seems like as the match progressed, they kept fixing things that they were doing wrong and what we were doing wasn’t effecting them as much. We kind of got down on ourselves and we just couldn’t seem to make a big play when we needed it.”
With less than a day to prepare for their finale of the opening week at the El Reno Tournament, Lard said that at the Friday practice they looked at changing the lineup heading into game one at El Reno.
“I was really impressed with some of the things that I saw during the JV game and we are looking at possibly switching some positions in the lineup just making some tweaks to it where we can fill like it will be most beneficial to us overall,” Lard said. “We are going to look at that today (Friday) in practice and see how it looks then maybe throw that different lineup organization into our first match at the tournament and see what works best.”
A season ago, the Duncan Lady Demons won the El Reno Tournament and Lard knows the girls will need to be focused in practice and the games.
“I told them yesterday (Thursday) that we know who we are going to face, it is the same teams every year and we don’t know what exactly they are going to bring to the table,” Lard said. “But you know who is going to be there, you know how they play, you know it will be competitive and you know it is going to be intense so today has been regrouping to focus on the next step forward, which is tomorrow and it begins at 9 a.m.”
With the El Reno Tournament this weekend and a week off before their next match, Lard said the girls are ready to bounce back and are ready to get some wins this weekend.
“I have already been talking with some of them. They have suggestions and they have ideas while seeing things right now we are doing and they are pointing some things out they recognized they were doing wrong,” Lard said. “It is already on their mind. We got home late last night and they were in here first thing this morning saying this is where I messed up, this is where I didn’t do my job, I didn’t cover this like I did and this is how I need to fix it. It was a tough loss, it was an emotional locker room afterwards and it was only the second game. I told them it obviously means a lot to them because it effected them on how we lost last night.”