BY BRIAN BESCH
The Goodrich Lady Hornets completed a 3-0 sweep of Premier Learning Academy Tuesday, using quick starts and quick feet to down the Lady Knights.
Goodrich began game one on a 5-0 run. The score would get as close as 9-7 before the Lady Hornets claimed a 25-18 victory.
"Honestly, this wasn't our best game statistically and we kind of played down to the competition," Goodrich coach Rachael Payne said. "Especially in the first set we let them first come back and get us, but they got it together and they pulled it in for those last two sets. I think they did good, but it is definitely not their best game. We've definitely seen tougher than this. They have definitely improved in working together and being able to communicate on the court. It was a big issue at the beginning of the season and they are doing a lot better with that now. We need to work more on recovering from tips, because that has become an issue with us as well. It's just another step."
Another big opening in game two had the Lady Hornets at 6-0 to put the Lady Knights in an early hole. A convincing 25-10 result set up the opportunity for a quick outing of play.
"I think the girls are excited to be winning this season and they're doing good when they are winning," Payne said. "I think they feel confident in their abilities right now. I think that brings a lot, as opposed to the beginning of the season when they weren't sure of how it was going to go. They are having fun and I think they get more excited when it's a closer game. The last game was very exciting versus Sabine Pass and we were able to win that."
A closer game three had the score knotted at four before Goodrich was able to take control. Ashley Peirce took the serve and did not relinquish it until the Lady Hornets held a 12-4 advantage. Goodrich was able to sweep, with a final victory of 25-14.
"We've done really well lately and I think we've only lost to Lovelady recently. We lost to them pretty bad in the tournament, but when we played them here, we really stepped it up. We lost the game but played much better and the change was huge. I was proud of them even though we lost."