Bruins’ rally nets first win

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:13 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A come-from-behind effort gave the Rock Bridge volleyball team its first victory of the season.

The Bruins defeated Montgomery County in three games 24-26, 25-16, 25-23 Tuesday night and improved to 1-2.

“It felt good to finally get one,” Bruins coach Beth Newton said. “We needed it.”

Despite the victory, Newton said her team didn’t play as well as it could have.

“We were kind of flat all night,” Newton said. “We had a long weekend. It just kind of reflects having three days off.”

Rock Bridge used its height advantage over the Wildcats behind the play of 6-foot junior Amanda Hanson, who led the Bruins with 10 kills and four blocks. Lauren Jacobs, Ashley Stanfill and Heather McDaniel each had three kills.

“We should have taken advantage of it a lot more,” Newton said. “It should’ve been a lot more lopsided, but we have to give credit to (Montgomery County).”

Rock Bridge plays host to Boonville at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The first game saw back-and-forth action throughout, with the Bruins’ largest lead of six points coming halfway through the game. Montgomery County responded with eight straight points to take the lead 17-15. Four lead changes followed before the Wildcats came out on top by two points.

Newton regrouped her team after that initial game, paving the way for Rock Bridge to start the second with a 10-2 lead.

“Mainly, what we talked about is that I don’t really care about mistakes that they made (in the first game) as long they don’t dwell on them,” Newton said. “They came out, and they showed more energy in the beginning of the second game.”

Montgomery County made a slight comeback to get within four points, but the Bruins didn’t let it get any closer than that.

“We were all underestimating (Montgomery County),” Hanson said. “Coach told us we needed to pick it up and play harder because they were better than what we were thinking.”

The third game once again was close, with neither team leading by more than four points. Rock Bridge was down 5-4 early before scoring three consecutive points. The Bruins never trailed the rest of the night and secured their first win of the fall.

Lindsay McDaniel, who led the Bruins with 24 assists, echoed the sentiments of her coach.

“(The feeling) was good, not as good as I would have liked,” McDaniel said. “I wish it could have been a better win, but it was still a win.”

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