The Hickman volleyball team headed down Providence Road on Thursday to play Rock Bridge, but it was the Bruins’ night that went south.
Hickman defeated Rock Bridge 25-13, 25-22. The Kewpies improved to 20-9-2, while the Bruins fell to 10-17-1.
The Kewpies’ victory was the third against Rock Bridge this season.
“Coach told us to go out there and play them like we had never played them before,” Hickman senior Lindsey Fleming said.
The strategy worked. Senior Kendra Williams posted 10 kills, while Fleming dug five balls.
“We got almost every ball up, and with every good pass we had execution with a kill,” Fleming said.
Hickman coach Greg Gunn said his team executed what it had practiced all season.
“They played with a steady, focused intensity,” he said. “They didn’t get too emotional and they were real consistent.”
The Bruins were far from consistent and played emotionally. The Bruins committed 16 hitting errors while landing only 15 kills and looked frustrated throughout the game.
“Hickman was blocking a lot of our hits, and we weren’t covering well,” Rock Bridge junior Amanda Grayson said. “A lot of their tips fell and they hit corner and the front side that we couldn’t get to.”
Rock Bridge coach Beth Newton said her team had a lot of trouble forgetting errors and let them affect the team’s play the rest of the match.
“After they shank a pass, they feel their teammates lose confidence in them,” she said. “We’re not giving each other that positive support we need.”
Newton said her team is hard-working and talented but young and has had a hard time coping with defeat.
“I have a really strong core of kids but the girls are getting really impatient,” she said. “We want to win now. They expect immediate success and when it doesn’t happen, we start to get frustrated.”