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Huskies volleyball works on limiting errors, closing out tight games

By: Sue Teggart | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 5, 2011

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Alixandria Pappas attempts a kill during a match against Lake Shore earlier in the season. The Huskies are working to close out tight games and picked up a big five-game win over Roseville High Sept. 29.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Alixandria Pappas attempts a kill during a match against Lake Shore earlier in the season. The Huskies are working to close out tight games and picked up a big five-game win over Roseville High Sept. 29.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite struggling through the early portion of the volleyball season, St. Clair Shores Lakeview coach Abbey Gough is pleased with her team’s effort.

“We have wonderful team chemistry,” Gough said. “Everyone has a really positive attitude, and these girls get along really well. Now it’s just about finding our balance on the court. We know we can do it.”

“We’re motivated to get better,” said senior middle hitter Alixandria Pappas. “We take our coach’s instruction and build on that. Our team is really supportive of one another.”

The Huskies’ main issue this season has been closing out close games.

“We are not finishing,” Gough. “All of our games have been very close. We’re not closing out our games. We play well in the beginning, but we’re getting lost in the middle. Then we play well in the end, but it’s too late and it’s hard to come back.”

Gough is working with her team on closing out tight games.

“We’re really working on consistency across the board,” she said. “We’re hoping that by working on our plays at practice and continuing to work together, we’ll turn a corner. Just repeating drills over and over until we’re confident we’re not going to make these mistakes in games.”

“We are going to have to be consistent with running our defensive correctly and keep practicing a lot harder on defense,” said Pappas.

Gough said the squad must show composure under pressure if it’s going to turn things around.

“We need to limit errors,” Gough said. “We are letting teams get a run in the middle of the game where they’re scoring eight points on us. It’s mental lapses. We are missing serves. When we played Lake Shore, we missed 25 serves. Right there, that’s an entire game. We can’t afford to do that.”

The Huskies found an encouraging sign Sept. 29, when they closed out a five-game victory against Roseville High 16-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-13.

As the Huskies get into the heart of their schedule. Gough hopes they can continue to work together and that will pay off with some wins.

“We’re hoping to finish above .500,” Gough said. “Even though we’re having this rough go, we want to maintain our good team chemistry. The girls still have a very positive attitude. We’re still having fun this season, and it will be that much better when we start to win.”

Fans can catch the Huskies in action next at home quad at 5 p.m. Oct. 6.

 

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