With the Area 2-AAAAA volleyball tournament just a month away, Evans High School coach Lauren Farr is hoping early trials and tribulations will lead to a good postseason showing by the Lady Knights.
The Lady Knights lost twice at home Tuesday night, falling to the Lady Yellow Jackets of North Augusta, then to the Westside Lady Patriots.
“We’re just not moving our feet and we’re not passing well,” said Farr. “When we start to do that, we’ll be all right.”
The Lady Knights (1-7) played well at times, but at differing points during their matches their opponents would gain separation and the Lady Knights could not come back.
In their first game of a best-of-three against the Lady Yellow Jackets (2-0), the Lady Knights led 10-8 following a Katie Smith kill assisted by Lee Ann Schiffhauer. The Lady Yellow Jackets then went on a 6-1 run to lead 14-11 and that would be as close as the Lady Knights would get, losing 25-17.
In the second game, the score was tied at seven when the Lady Yellow Jackets ripped off a 9-1 run to pull away, going on to the 25-15 win.
The Lady Knights were looking to get in the win column against the Lady Patriots, who beat them 3-2 at Westside in both teams’ season-opener on Aug.13.
Tied at seven in the first game, the Lady Patriots went on a 10-1 run, then used a 6-0 run to take a 23-9 lead.
Refusing to quit, the Lady Knights got four aces from Hannah Peters but had too far to go and lost 25-15.
The Lady Patriots (6-4) opened game two winning the first four points, forcing the Lady Knights into chase mode. Little by little the Lady Knights reeled them in, tying the game at 15 on a Peters kill set up by Emily Graven.
Tied at 17, the Lady Patriots scored on an Evans hitting error, an ace and a kill to take a 20-17 lead and the Lady Knights finally ran out of gas, losing 25-19.
While calling it the team’s best performance in two weeks, Farr said, “We had errors serving and serve receiving errors and that makes it hard. We’re going to have to pick it up before region play starts.”