The East Hamilton Lady Hurricanes opened their 2013 volleyball season at Silverdale Monday afternoon and the visitors prevailed by a 3-0 count, but coach Kristy Lenoir was anything but happy with the way her girls played.
The match scores were 25-18, 25-19 and 25-18, but don't think for a minute that the Lady Hurricanes dominated because they didn't.
The first two games were close in the beginning before the Lady Seahawks forged ahead by 15-10 scores on both occasions. That's when the Lady Hurricanes started playing as they overcame slow starts for strong finishes.
Only in the third game where the Lady Hurricanes raced to a 7-2 lead did they appear to be in control and even in that game, the Lady Seahawks rallied for a 12-10 lead following four service points from Brittany Portwood.
Elise Pearson had a kill for Silverdale to knot the score at 14, but the Lady Hurricanes then put the match away by scoring 11 of the final 15 points.
"I'm happy that we won, but that was way too sloppy to suit me," said Lenoir after the match had ended.
"We've got to play better volleyball. We have to be better with our serves and our passes as those are two areas we didn't do very well in today. I'm not interested in taking a roller coaster ride. We need to play consistently across the board.
"I'm not real happy with the way we played as I just don't like or appreciate ugly volleyball. I'm glad that we played better in the third game. We've worked hard getting ready for the season, but we weren't up to par today. I think that maybe we were a little bit overconfident.
"Give Silverdale a lot of credit. They kept the ball in play. We're the ones who made all the mistakes. We need to look a whole lot better if we're planning to win tomorrow," Lenoir concluded, know that her team plays a crucial district match at Bradley Tuesday afternoon.
Silverdale coach Lisa Davis isn't real crazy about losing, but the first year coach was really upbeat over the effort her young team put forth.
"I couldn't be any more proud of the way we played. We only have two seniors and one junior with the rest being freshmen and sophomores, so we have a really young team. We just need to learn how to finish," she said when asked to assess her team's performance.
"We got started on July 8, so we got a late start, but I'm encouraged with what I've seen so far. I believe in these young ladies, but they have to learn how to believe in themselves. I'm really surprised that we had the lead in both of the first two games. Even though we're young, we have some skill on this team, but what we're lacking is maturity.
"We just need to be more consistent. And we need to keep our momentum once we get it going our way," Davis added.
Sophomore Emma Lenoir was the leader up front for the Lady Hurricanes with 17 kills and 10 assists while Sydney Harris finished with 22 assists and four digs. Briley Considine and Meredith Stott both helped out with seven and six kills, respectively.
Silverdale's Davis said that she doesn't keep stats for her team, so there were none to report.
While East Hamilton faces Bradley on Tuesday, Silverdale will be at home again on Tuesday to face CGLA. The Lady Seahawks then go to Notre Dame on Thursday before taking part in the Hixson Invitational on Saturday.
East Hamilton stats:
Kris Joo -- 6 digs;
Sydney Harris -- 22 assists, 4 digs, 2 aces;
Emma Lenoir -- 17 kills, 10 assists, 2 aces;
Somer Batten -- 3 kills, 7 digs;
Meredith Stott -- 6 kills;
Samantha Headrick -- 2 kills, 1 assist;
Briley Considine -- 7 kills, 2 digs;
Miranda Roberson -- 2 kills, 1 ace.
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