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Danbury doesn't fold
September 4, 2012Danbury High School
Danbury doesn't fold
7:50 AM, Aug 29, 2012
LAKESIDE -- The pivotal sequence in Tuesday's match between Danbury and Monclova Christian Academy came late in the second game.
The Lakers allowed the Thunder to tie the score before Danbury coach Marcy Raus called a timeout to ask her girls what they were going to do about it. The Lakers responded to top Monclova 25-18, 29-27, 25-23.
The Thunder tied Game 2 at 23 before taking a one-point lead on three occasions and forcing another tie at 27. Danbury (2-1) then scored the next two points as Erin Lavelle served to finish the game.
Raus wanted to know what her girls were going to do to stop Monclova's run and was pleased with their determination.
"They had to decide what they were going to do," she said. "They went out and finished it. They had the mental toughness knowing (they were) capable and not folding."
Lavelle and Alyssa Almendinger each had a kill after Raus sent her message.
"We've come together and we knew we could push through to come out on top," Lavelle said.
Cassidy Rhodes had two aces, and Lavelle had two tips and blocked a kill attempt, Rhodes had a dig and Lindsay Mark recorded a kill in the same sequence as the Lakers established a 4-0 lead in Game 2. Danbury also led 19-14 before the Thunder came back.
Lavelle served for three straight points, including an ace, and Kim Holmes added a kill as the Lakers led 17-11 in Game 1.
"She has knowledge about the game and understands what it is to be a team player," Raus said of Lavelle. "I trust you until you change that. They all do a great job of keeping that trust by wanting to be better."
Lavelle mi a serve early in the match.
"Everybody misses a serve, but I know the team is there to pick us up," Lavelle said. "Alyssa always picks us up. Making my serves is (important).
"We have leaders on the team. I try to pull people up. We have to pull together as a team (and respond to mistakes positively)."
Megan Stephens had an ace, and Engelica Cichocki had a kill after a dig from Mark to cap the longest rally of the game with the biggest lead of the game at 22-13. Stephens had a few kills in the match where she snuck in behind the middle hitter on a designed play.
"Alyssa did an incredible job setting," Raus said.
"She gets her hands on every ball she can and gets it where it needs to go. She's consistent and she's been working hard. She's what you need in a setter."
Almendinger served for four consecutive points, including an ace, and Stephens added two points for a 12-9 advantage in the second game.
Danbury trailed 5-0 in Game 3 before Raus called another timeout to implore her girls to follow through on their swings. Mark followed with a strong hit to force a mistake and then added an ace.
Mark, Stephens and Almendinger each had a dig during the longest rally of the match as the Lakers tied the game at 21. Monclova tied the game at 23 before Mark ultimately served for the final point.
"Volleyball is a team sport," Raus said. "It takes all of us. We don't just go to one person. They've been doing an awesome job working together."