Heather Dial throws herself to save a point for the Aces. Despite their effort, the Aces fell three sets to one against the Bentley Panthers. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo.

Eckville Aces girls volleyball fall to a 2-3 record after loss to Bentley Panthers

The Panthers bested the Aces three sets to one despite a solid effort by Eckville.

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.


Courtney Cowan bumps the ball to keep it in play in the fourth set, which the Aces let go to the Panthers in the end. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Aces.

Aces’ Coach Brian Holland said the team was a bit tense in result to a line up change caused by an injury, but the girls did what that could to make offensive plays. Here Gracie Hebb bumps the ball over to her teammates to make a play. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo.

Annika McApline hits the ball over the net in one of many efforts Wednesday night to keep the Aces in the game. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo.

Haley North goes up for the serve. In Wednesday night’s game the Aces’ high point was their serving percentage and difficulty. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

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