“The first game I think we just had the jitters but we were able to pull it together. Fortunately, we kept at it and were able to put them away,” said Tevis.T
hough the outcome was not what Caston coach Taylor McFarland was hoping for, the Comet mentor had to have been pleased with the performance of her squad. The Lady Comets bowed out of tournament play in four games against the Rebels of South Newton but it was a battle. The Comets fought from the outset of game one until the final point of game four. Unfortunately for the Comets, they just didn’t have the size up front to contest the Rebel hitters.
In game one the Comets found themselves down 18-13 at one point but battled back to tie things up at 20-20 before going on to win it 26-24.South Newton then started using its size up front and the disadvantage was just too much for the Comets to overcome. The Rebels then went on to win the next three sets to move on in the tournament.
Leading the Caston attack was Erin Connolly with 26 assists and 13 digs. Mickayla Rans ended with nine kills and two aces. Jacqueline Rans had eight kills and four blocks while Haley Hoover had 10 kills and 16 digs. Madison Martin and Tori Rentschler each finished with 12 digs. Haley Small added three blocks of her own.
“I’m pleased that the girls were able to come in and take a game,” McFarland said. “From what I understand it’s usually been a three-and-out kind of thing. I’m happy that we were able to come in and take that first game even though we didn’t have what it takes during the other three games. I’m proud of the girls though, they worked their butts off tonight. Not just tonight, but all season they’ve worked. I just can’t fault their effort.”