HALSTEAD—The Lady Dragons have wrapped up regular season play and are looking to compete in sub-state tournament this Saturday at Cheney High School. Brackets had not yet been set as of press time.
“Our sub-state has been called the most difficult in the state,” Halstead Head Coach Diana Schutte said. “We have four ranked teams in our sub-state, so several of those games will be state quality games.”
Schutte said that the team its final few practices this week focusing on working on communicating better with each other as well as specialty hits and more aggressive serves.
“It’ll be a tough sub-state to compete in, but if anyone can compete, it’s this group of girls,” Schutte said. “They are small, but they work so hard in practice and they understand the game. When these girls understand their potential and compete to that level, good things will happen to them.”
Halstead ended its regular season play with a home tri last Tuesday against Hillsboro and Haven. Schutte said the team’s performance fell short of their expectations.
“Last week was a rough, rough week for us,” Schutte said. “I was very confident we would end our Tuesday night with two wins and we actually ended up 0-2. I just knew we would go into sub-state with two more wins under out belt, with a lot of confidence, so now we are approaching our sub-state differently.”
In the first two sets against Hillsboro, Halstead started out with early leads but allowed the Trojans to catch up, finishing with a win and a loss. Going into the third set, the Lady Dragons were up 24-19, but after several missed hits they lost 24-26.
“I think the loss against Hillsboro might have been the hardest loss we have had all year,” Schutte said. “The girls were disappointed in their efforts. I was a hard pill to swallow, but hopefully we learned from our mistakes and will be mentally tougher the next time to finish the game.”
Trying to move past this hard loss, the Lady Dragons took on Haven but were unable to pull out the win, losing in two sets 17-25 and 21-25.
“Even though we played better, we still couldn’t pull out a win,” Schutte said.
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