The Eckville Aces girls volleyball team lost at home to the Bentley Panthers on Wednesday night.
After falling three sets to one the Aces are now 2-3 in league play.
“Today was a challenge for us because the young lady who was injured is our starting setter so, it’s the equivalent to when you have to change your quarterback in football,” said Coach Brian Holland.
The teammate who stepped up to fill the void is just returning from a torn ACL.
Holland thinks the switch to the lineup had everyone to be a little tense and thrown off, which caused them to not be able to execute plays to their full potential.
He also said that the team did not pass the ball enough to get the opportunities they needed on the court.
“It happens. The effort was there, but sometimes hidden beneath the effort is the little mental mistakes or the hesitations and things, so that part of our game wasn’t as good as it needed to be,” added Holland.
One thing the Aces were doing well last night was serving.
“After every match we do two things, we have a high and a low, whether we win or whether we lose, the service percentage and the service difficulty was the high tonight and that’s not always the case for us,” explained Holland. “The unfortunate part is the few misses we had were all at real bad times.”
The Aces next game is on the road against Bowden on Oct. 10.
Going in to practice for that game Coach Holland says the girls will be going back to their defensive fundamentals so they can have more opportunities on offence.