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Ola spoils first of­fi­cial home match for Al­covy vol­ley­ball Last year, it was two and out for us. This year we are play­ing to­gether as a team.” — Suzanne Smith Vol­ley­ball head coach, Al­covy High School

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Mur­dock

For the Al­covy vol­ley­ball team, Thurs­day evening marked a spe­cial day.

Al­though the Lady Tigers dropped the match to Ola ( 25- 13, 25- 11), it was the first time they played on their of­fi­cial home court.

“We had some home court jit­ters and that made a dif­fer­ence,” re­marked Al­covy head coach Suzanne Smith. “ So, I told them hope­fully it’s now out of our sys­tem.”

De­spite the end re­sult, there was an ex­cep­tional turnout on hand to watch the five-team play-date, which also in­cluded Stephen­son and Stock­bridge. Mem­bers of the foot­ball and bas­ket­ball teams, along with par­ents, teach­ers, class­mates and coaches showed their sup­port by cheer­ing on the Lady Tigers.

“ We’re still not quite used to the fact that we’re in our own gym,” said Smith, “ but we are fi­nally home.”

Al­covy’s Ash­ley Ja­cob­son led the team with four points, while Shade Nol­ley con­trib­uted with two points.

The Lady Tigers (0-6) held their own mid­way through the first game against Ola (7-1). Early on, Al­covy led 12-9, but soon there­after the Lady Mus­tangs reeled off seven con­sec­u­tive points en route to the 12-point vic­tory.

The mo­men­tum seemed to carry over to the next game, en­abling Ola to win the match. It was the third time in a week that Ola has de­feated Al­covy.

That be­ing said, it re­mains too early to pass judg­ment on where the Lady Tigers will end up this sea­son.

Last year, the Lady Tigers

were 0- 28 over­all and 0- 9 in Re­gion 8-AAAA, Sub­Re­gion B. In com­par­i­son, Ola fared much bet­ter ( 25- 18 over­all, 7- 1 Re­gion 4- AAA).

Still, Smith re­mains con­fi­dent and up­beat about her team, of­fer­ing en­cour­age- ment along the side­lines while steer­ing clear of cut­ting her play­ers down.

“Ev­ery now and then I’ll ask what they were think­ing,” said Smith, “but for the most part we try to stay pos­i­tive.”

The Lady Tigers have six se­niors this year, and three are re­turn­ing starters from their first- year squad.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Re­turn to sender: Al­covy’s Ash­ley Ja­cob­son re­turns a back­handed serve dur­ing the sec­ond game against Ola on Thurs­day evening at Al­covy High School. The Lady Tigers lost the match (25-13, 25-11). For Al­covy, it was their first ever of­fi­cial home games on their court.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Back at you: Al­covy’s Shade Nol­ley, top, re­turns a serve dur­ing the sec­ond game against Ola on Thurs­day night at the Al­covy High School gym­na­sium. Ola won the match (25-13, 25-11).

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