Cougars beat Lady Aztecs
EL CAJON • The Barstow volleyball team has been getting off to good starts in its matches this year. It’s what happens after that that’s a concern to its coach.
The Lady Aztecs lost to Granite Hills, 3-1, in its latest match on Tuesday.
Barstow has been steadily winning the first game of its matches this year, and did so again against the Cougars. After taking game one on Tuesday, 25-21, it was Granite winning the next three games by scores of 25-23, 25-15, and 25-17.
“I don’t know what’s happening. It’s like we hang back once we win,” said Lady Aztecs head coach Brooke Verrill. “I’m trying to come up with something in practice to try to get the team to be a little more disciplined.”
The Granite loss was also another where the coach thought her team beat itself.
“We had nine scoring errors and nine serve/receive errors; there’s the match right there,” said Verrill. “We’re not outplayed, we lose on errors.”
On Tuesday, there was the additional setback of having a player leave due to injury. Hannah Crumley, who was serving as libero, hit her head on the floor while diving for a ball.
“That was tough for us, that dropped our momentum,” said coach Verrill. She added that Crumley was taken to the hospital to be checked out and is questionable for the next match.
Heather Verrill had nine kills and six blocks for Barstow, while Jean Letuli, back from a knee injury, had eight digs, four kills and a block. Maxine Cooks had four kills and three blocks, and Chelsea Phillips 12 digs and three aces.
The Lady Aztecs will be back on the court on Thursday, for a match at Burroughs.