Kennett's Lara Abmeyer sets the ball. [Order this photo]
"This team has come a long way in working to fight its way out of deficits," Kennett coach Kristy Green said. "They've had to pull their way out of several sets when they were down early. They can typically go on a big run."
Kennett was forced to overcome deficits of five or more points twice in the first set against Holcomb. Holcomb took an early 8-1 lead against Kennett when it went on an 8-0 run after Kennett recorded the first point of the match. The Hornets' Alexis Swift tallied five of Holcomb's first eight points on serving aces.
"We started the game exactly how we wanted," Holcomb coach Zach McDaniel said. "We got a big lead. I didn't really expect it to come just off of our serving, but it was nice to pad that lead early. I just wish we could have held on to it. Kennett's serve receive improved as the game went on."
Holcomb's No. 5 Morgan Acup and No. 7 Ashley Busby look on as No. 30 Candace Baysinger dives for a ball. [Order this photo]
"I feel like we struggled with serve receive tonight all the way around," Green said. "Even in practice we struggled with it a little bit. Going into the game I felt like it was something we might have a hard time with. Holcomb came out with a hard serve and we had to make some big adjustments on serve receive. We normally don't have trouble with our receive, but we did today and had to fight for it against a good Holcomb team."
Kennett jumped out to a 9-1 lead in set 2 against Holcomb. Kennett extended its lead to 19-4 and never led by less than 10 after taking a 12-2 lead.
"The second set Kennett started hitting their serves and made our passing look bad," McDaniel said. "Kennett's serving had a big impact on the second set."
Kennett's Chyann Coffer makes a pass. [Order this photo]
Holcomb won an hour-plus long junior varsity contest against Kennett 25-23, 17-25, 25-19.
"I'm not trying to take any credit whatsoever, but I told the junior varsity at the beginning of the year 'you can be scary good,'" McDaniel said. "I don't say that every year. I only say it when it has a time and a place. They have played very well. We had some adversity at the beginning of the year and have overcome that. We finally put two full sets together today. The best part about it is we still made a decent amount of mistakes we need to correct so we can still improve. I was very proud of them today. Their effort and intensity was great."
Holcomb will next host Caruthersville Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
"Last year our varsity and junior varsity both won in three sets," McDaniel said. "I'm expecting it to be a good game. I know Caruthersville played pretty well at the Cape Girardeau tournament so we are expecting it to be another tough game. Those Bootheel Conference teams are always competitive."
Kennett (10-7) is back in action Monday when it hosts Caruthersville at 6 p.m.
"We've played well," Green said. "Every game we've improved on things I've asked them to improve on. We are getting better and better. I'm proud of them and excited to play another conference game against Caruthersville Monday."