The Berries lost in three games at McCutcheon on Tuesday to open the season.
“I don’t know if it was first-night jitters,” Jon Vernon said. “I think it was more along the lines that we had played them four times over the summer and we had beaten them four times this summer. I think we may have overlooked them a little bit and I think I might have overlooked them a little bit. I told the kids that it’s my fault, I didn’t have them ready enough to play on Tuesday night.
“And we had that missed sub the first game that kind of screwed us up. But we had opportunities to win games two and three but we just didn’t finish out. We’ll be there in October and we’ll be ready to go and the kids will be ready.”
The Logan coach added his squad played enough volleyball together this summer that there’s really no excuse to have a sloppy performance in the season opener, which is common in high school volleyball.
“We really shouldn’t be. That’s one of my main concerns when we were at McCutcheon was that we were really sloppy, nothing was easy for us all night long. It was a struggle all night long,” he said. “I don’t know if it was just a case where the kids were overconfident and McCutcheon did a good job. They put us out of system all night long. They did to us what we did to them last year.
“They beat us the first game but we should have won game two and game three and had a chance to win the match. But give them credit, they played better than us.”
The two future North Central Conference opponents could meet again in late October in sectional play, this time in Logansport.
The Berries next host North Miami on Tuesday.
Beau Wicker is the sports editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5113 or email@example.com.