By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Trying to get a win in league play or against a quality opponent has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack for the Lady Longhorns volleyball team this week.
The Longhorns fell in straight sets at Sullivan Central; 15-25, 14-25 and 18-25 on Tuesday and were beaten at home by Elizabethton 13-25, 9-25 and 7-25 on Wednesday.
The girls managed to avoid the sweep by defeating Providence Academy on Monday 25-16, 25-16 and 25-18.
The Horns showed some improvement in their match with the Lady Cougars. They played close in the final set before watching Central reel off five straight points late that allowed them to pull away for the sweep.
Taylor Parsons played well around the net and logged several kills over the three-game set. Natalie Winters showed an abundance of hustle and determination on the court by logging 14 digs including six in the final match.
“It’s frustrating because we know that we can and should be playing better,” said Parsons. “We play in tournaments and play well because our minds are focused on being there the whole day. We won the silver division and several games at Elizabethton but for some reason, we have trouble in our league games. It’s very frustrating to everyone.”
Parsons play around the net has been one of the bright spots for the Lady Longhorns along with Taylor Cox, who led the team in their win over Providence, which also saw some reserves play well.
Rhiannon Icenhour and Sydney Souder had some solid play in the Central and Providence matches while Winters had several nice saves in their win on Monday. Cox was credited with six kills at Central.
“We just can’t seem to put it all together for a complete game,” added Winters. “We want to play better, and we know that we can, but we keep making the same mistakes over and over. Our goals are to get better and correct our mistakes. We have another chance to do in our weekend tournament and home matches next week.
The Longhorns were to play at Patrick Henry on Saturday in a tournament with home games to follow against Chuckey-Doak on Tuesday and Unicoi County on Thursday.