Lady Spartans fall to Godley in five games
Heading into a deciding fifth-game against Godley Tuesday, Centennial’s volleyball team had momentum on its side playing at home.
The Lady Spartans had just won a hard-fought, 25-22, fourth game and found themselves ahead 7-4 in the fifth game.
But Centennial couldn’t keep things going as Godley rallied to a take an 11-8 lead. The Lady Spartans closed to within 11-12 then proceeded to drop the next three points to lose the set.
Godley registered a 25-15, 15-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11, win in non-district play.
“I felt like the first and third games we just weren’t ourselves,” Centennial coach Julie Williams said. “In the second game, our defense was really great. Then in the fourth game, we started off a little slow and then we picked things up. We started digging balls and making hustle plays. When we do that, we are a good team. When we don’t do that, we struggle.”
Sophomore outside hitter Bryanna Rosario gave the Lady Spartans a boost late in Game 4. With Centennial leading 18-17, Rosario registered three consecutive kills to put her squad up 21-17.
After Godley took a timeout, the Lady Spartans were able to close out the game and force a fifth game.
The problem for Centennial in the fifth game was miscues.
“We started making errors,” Williams said. “It seems that when we make one error, we make another one and another one. They just start piling up. It’s just a matter of controlling what we can control on our side. To be successful, we have to communicate and play with energy. When we get that figured out, we are going to be a good team.”
The Lady Spartans open play Friday at the Plano Sports Authority Lone Star Circle of Champions in Murphy.
Williams hopes she will be able to find the right lineup of players that clicks.
“I’m still searching for the right combination of people who can make an error and bounce back from it and not completely fold,” Williams said.
The Lady Spartans play Tuesday at White Settlement Brewer and host Midlothian Heritage Aug. 30.
Over the weekend, the Lady Spartans went 3-5 at the Granbury Tournament.
Centennial won a game each day of the tournament.
In pool play games last Thursday, the Lady Spartans lost to Abilene Wylie, 25-23, 25-18, and fell to Amarillo Tascosa, 25-17, 25-12. They bounced back for a win over Soccoro Pebble Hills, 25-23, 25-20.
Last Friday in pool play, Centennial fell to eventual Gold Division finalist Granbury, 25-7, 25-6, and defeated finalist Odessa Permian, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20.
On the final day of the tournament, Centennial lost to Prestonwood Christian, 25-17, 25-23, in the opening game of bracket play. The Lady Spartans then lost to Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 25-20, 25-22 before beating Richland, 25-17, 25-22.
“One game we look unstoppable and then we walk to the other side of the court and look like we shouldn’t have even showed up that day,” Williams said. “We need to be probably a little more mentally tough.”