By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.–It wasn’t how they were hoping to open their home portion of the 2017 season as Head Coach Cristina Williams was walking along her bench with a look of displeasure to how her team performed Tuesday evening.
As a matter of fact, it was forgettable against a Valley Catholic team that finished third in the 4A a year ago as the Lady Vailants jumped out to a two sets to none lead with 25-15 and 25-8 set wins before the Lady Cougars found a groove in the third set at home.
“It was really slow getting into a rhythm,” Erica Mitchell describes the frustrations of the match. “Like that second set, it was dead between all of us, we weren’t talking. It was tough.”
Whether it was nerves of the first home game of the year, intimidation of facing Valley Catholic or whatever it might have been Tuesday, the 15-25, 8-25, 18-25 sweep did put into perspective that what comes in defeat can actually be beneficial in terms of learning experiences.
“Just that we got to come out with more intensity and go all out,” said Kaelyn Worst on how they can improve on between now and Astoria on Thursday. “You have games win you win and you have games when you lose but you still win because you get to learn from them and learn from your mistakes, and you can take that into practice and be able to use it to get better as a team and grow.”
And from growth and this experience of a game like Tuesday’s, you get to put it to good use the next time you go out and play; and with the Fishermen coming to town Thursday (6pm) and the Cascade Tournament this Saturday, there will be plenty of opportunities to improve upon and put this particular game on the way side by the time next Tuesday rolls around.