In Thursday night's District 6-A volleyball clash against visiting Fayetteville City, Cascade coach Kendall Hampton saw a little bit of the good and a little bit of the areas that need improving.
Nevertheless, the Lady Champs were able to execute when it mattered most and knock off the Lady Tigers, 3-1.
“I'm glad to see what we did at the beginning and how we finished in this last one because I feel like that's more true to where we should be. We just hope we grow from it, learn from it, and keep sharping up where we don't have those (mental errors) anymore,” Hampton said.
Cascade, which is just in the second year of the program's existence, looked as sharp as it has this season in complete control of the first set.
The Lady Champs took immediate control of the match, posting a 25-10 first-set victory.
The second set, however, Cascade committed a handful of errors that allowed the visitors to keep the set relatively close.
In the end, Cascade closed out the second set to bump the advantage to 2-0.
Those errors that arose in the second set however continued into the third set and with some stellar serving, Fayetteville twice fended off Cascade after brief ties in the score and pulled away to avoid the three-set sweep.
“It was just mental errors. I think it comes with our inexperience. Most of the time on the court, we have a lot of sophomores. We do have two seniors that play major minutes for us, but in the game of volleyball, you can't control the touches. They served better that game than they did the rest of the time. It's three out of five, so sometimes those games happen in the middle of your set,” Hampton said.
Eventually, Cascade returned to form in the fourth set, largely off the efforts of senior Caroline McKamey, who at one point, recorded four-straight aces to help guide the Lady Champs to securing the win.
The good news, according to Hampton, the errors that plagued Cascade are coachable fixes that can be addressed through the remainder of the season.
“We had a lot of second touches where we were bringing it back to the court and we just overpassed it. Those are things we can work on that they know how to do. It's just making sure the adrenaline doesn't overtake your shoulders are square—all things they can improve on and know how to do, which is why they're mental errors. We just need to clean them up a little bit,” she said.
McKamey led the way with six aces and eight kills, while Hayden Jones chipped in six kills and three aces.
Addison Pope added a pair of aces to go along with four digs.
Cascade returned to action in the Middle Tennessee Tournament, which was held on Friday and Saturday in Murfreesboro.
Cascade 3, Fayetteville 1
Set scores: 25-10, 25-22, 17-25, 25-14
Hayden Jones 3 aces, 6 kills, 10 assists
Abrielle Presley 2 kills
Lauryn Matthews 2 kills
Caroline McKamey 6 aces, 8 kills, 4 solo blocks, 1 block assists, 1 dig
Addison Pope 2 aces,4 digs
Sarah Hope Maddox 4 Aces, 1 dig
Maribel De la Rosa 1 kill, 1 block solo
Ashley Cope 11 assists, 4 digs