Charles Henderson falls to Headland in four sets

Published 11:01 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Lady Trojans of Charles Henderson played what head coach Jennifer Sikes called “the best match of our season,” Tuesday afternoon against Headland.

Despite a valiant effort, Charles Henderson fell in four sets to the Lady Rams 25-23. 25-10 , 22-25 and 25-21 at Betty Wagoner Hall in Troy.

Though she was upset with the close loss, Sikes said she saw numerous bright spots from her team in the contest.

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“We had more consistent hits and kills today than we have had all year long,” Sikes said. “We have most defintely not had the season we have wanted, but we haven’t reach the do-or-die point yet. We got a great look at Headland tonight, and now our girls know that we can play with them, and beat them. We have to go to work the next two weeks to gear up for area.”

The Lady Trojans won the third set of the match, and Sikes especially liked the way her team served in the stanza.

“We got beat the first two games, and we gave up an astronomical amount of points on serves,” Sikes said. “When we came out that third set, it was our serves that won it for us. Addyson Bryan got on a roll there and reeled off like six or seven points in a row. And that was after she had hit a couple in to the net. That was huge for us, and huge for her confidence going forward.

With just two weeks to go until the uber-important area play begins, Sikes, a veteran of over a dozen years as a head coach, feels that if her team is going to peak, there is not a better time than now.

“If you have to have peaks and valleys, you defintely want to be peaking as close to area as you can,” said Sikes. “The girls continue to work, and get better. We will work on the one or two things that we saw today that need tweaking, and work our tails off the next two weeks.”