SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Lady Devils volleyball team competed well in their first set against the Kewanne Boilermakers Tuesday night but things deteriorated in the second set with Hall losing its first Three Rivers Conference match 25-23 and 25-13.
Hall coach Megan Nation said the Lady Devils are looking to put their mental game together.
“There’s one thing that we have struggled with so far this year, and that’s mentality,” she said. “We practice well together as a team. We come out, we get excited, and we get a couple of errors against us and we fall apart. That’s something that we have done from day one.
“To be honest with you I don’t know how to fix it. I don’t really know what to do about it. But, that’s the way our team is right now. This is a very, very mental team. If teams realize that we are mental it is going to be tough for us to get a win. That’s something we have a hard time doing.”
Hall (1-9, 0-1) did have some fight in them early.
“They do (fight), they do. A couple of times we have played this year we have had spurts where we will go at (the other team), and we will fight and push. Then there are times when one little thing clicks, and we fall,” Nation added.
“I think we are a good team. I think they deserve to win. But, the mentality has to change.
Nation said the teams hitting errors hurt them Tuesday.
“We also do make a lot of hitting errors,” she said. “That’s something that didn’t help us in the second game as we just hit a lot of balls out of bounds. Unforced errors. But, I am proud of them. They do work hard, and they have it in them. They just have to keep it.”
The first set was tight until the final point, but the second set Hall got behind and was unable to recover.
Vanessa Olivares led the Lady Devils with 10 assists and three aces. Ellen Herrmann had nine kills, Clarrisa Gerrard had four kills and Brenna Faletti added nine digs.
• Hall won the sophomore match 25-23, 28-26. Kewanee took the freshmen match 25-20, 25-19.