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Close loss for Lady Aztecs volleyball
VICTORVILLE • The Barstow varsity volleyball team continues to make progress.
On Thursday, the Lady Aztecs traveled to Victorville and dropped a close match to Silverado, 3-1. Barstow won the first game, 25-17, then lost the next three by just a combined six points.
Though it was a loss, it was neck-and-neck the whole way and represented another step up along the way for the squad.
“Our offense was a little off, nobody in double figures, but I’m happy with our defense,” said head coach Brooke Verrill. “We did a better job playing as a team. We were talking, backing each other up, just like we’re supposed to.”
The Lady Aztecs took game one by eight points, the largest winning margin of the night. The next three games were won by the Hawks, but all went down to the wire. The home team needed some extra time to take game two, which it eventually did, 28-26. The next two were both won by Silverado by identical scores of 25-23.
Coach Verrill thinks her team needs just a bit more confidence to be able to win these close matches.
“We could have had this one. We had 15 serve/receive errors; that’s points we handed to them,” she said. “The girls are still learning to be a winning team. Sometimes things go wrong and they start to settle, and I’m trying to get them out of that mindset.”
The numbers show the strong Aztec defense: 17 digs for Heather Verrill, along with five blocks and five kills, and 11 digs for Maxine Cooks, with seven kills and three blocks. Chelsea Phillips served up six aces, while Tiare Alefaio had nine assists, Breanna Low five, and Marissa Keeton, four.
This weekend, the Lady Aztecs are at Whittier High School to play in the Whittier Tournament. Verrill thinks it will be beneficial for her players to compete against teams they’ve never seen before.
“We’re going into this tournament totally blind, and that’s good. We don’t know anything about the teams we’re playing, so we’ll just go in and do our best,” said the coach. “We have talent on this team and we have the desire. But sometimes we seem to be happy just to be competing and we have to get past that.”
Barstow has two matches, both on the road, this week. Tuesday the Lady Aztecs will be at Granite Hills, and Thursday at Burroughs.