BY ALBERT TREVINO
The Lady Lions kept it close for the first two games in their 3-0 loss against the visiting College Station Lady Cougars last week at Livingston High School.
"We knew it was going to be a challenge," said Lions head coach Steven Jones after the game. "College Station has real big hitters up front."
Livingston won the battle close to the net for much of the first game and had an early 7-5 lead. However, that was quickly reversed as the Lady Lions could not receive the ball against some of College Station's stronger plays. After tying the game 8-8, the Lady Cougars controlled the remainder of the game and finished with a 25-16 win.
"Overall, I was proud of how the team hung in there during the first and second set." said Jones.
In the second game, the Lady Lions stayed competitive and improved their sets to open up easy looks for the hitters. After a 5-5 start, College Station rapidly began to show strength in defense as the Lady Lions could not score off even their strongest attacks. After falling 25-14 in the second, Livingston was quickly defeated in the third game 25-8.
Looking forward to the rest of the season, Jones said his team will need to work on "matching the intensity" of attacks and defense against tough district opponents.
The Lady Lions are set to play two away games this week. The first game is on Tuesday against Bryan and Friday versus Rudder with the junior varsity games starting at 5 p.m.