“This past week was a very successful one for us and our team continues to improve,” said Rockland volleyball coach Austin Turley.
The team’s first match last week was on Wednesday, Oct. 9, against North Gem, playing the best two out of three sets.
“We started out a little sluggish and fell behind 6-2. I called a time out so we could get focused and play our game. We quickly scored six straight points to take an 8-6 lead and we never trailed again. We won the game 25-14,” Turley said.
The second game was more of the same, with Rockland able to give their bench players some significant playing time. The team came away with a 25-17 win to finish the match.
They next played Sho-Ban that same night, winning the first game 25-6, and giving only three Sho-Ban girls a chance to serve. In the second game of the match, the Bulldogs were able to get the bench players in for most of the game, leading 22-8. RHS then slowed down, giving Sho-Ban an opportunity to score eight unanswered points, making the score 22-16.
“We refocused and finished the game 25-16 and the match 2-0. That made us 8-2 in conference play,” Turley said.
The next night Rockland faced much stiffer competition against Oakley, a 2A school. “We have played Oakley very close for four years but never coming out with a match win. We were very determined to make it happen this time,” Turley said.
Rockland won the first game 25-17. The next game was very close the whole way, but with Rockland losing 25-23.
“I reminded the girls how important this match was to us. This would be what I would consider our first quality win. We stayed focused throughout and the girls had some of their best plays of the season. We had five girls giving us some good hard hits at the net and that hasn’t happened all year. We ended up winning the next two games by identical scores of 25-18. We won the match 3-1,” Turley said.
The Bulldogs next play Sho-Ban and Clark County on Thursday, Oct. 17. The senior players will be honored during the tri-match.