The Lafayette High volleyball team defeated Carencro 25-20, 25-19, 25-12 on Tuesday.

In the first two games, neither team could find its rhythm. Carencro opened the first game up 3-0, only to see Lafayette High tie it.

The Bears went up 5-3, and the Lions answered with a four-point run to make it 7-5.

The story was much of the same for the rest of the first game and into the second game.

To open the second, the Lions and Bears were tied at 2-2. Lafayette High went up 5-2, only to see Carencro respond with a five-point run, going up 7-5. Later in the game, Carencro pulled within striking distance, down by three, only to see Lafayette pull away.

It wasn’t until late in the third game when the Lions finally got the energy Lafayette coach Cathy Poole said she was looking for. Lafayette open up a seven-point lead and went on to win 25-12 in the third game.

“Our energy didn’t wake up until the third game, and that’s something we’ve got to work on,” Poole said. “We’ve got to come out with that from the very beginning. It was our first game of the season so our chemistry wasn’t there all of the way.”

A problem for both teams, the coaches said, was communication.

The biggest change for the Lions this year was the addition of two new setters to lead the offense.

Poole said it will take some time for these players to get used to the position and learn where to place the ball.

Carencro coach Bea Lemon said she felt much of the same way.

“We had some good points and some bad points. Defensively, we need to improve,” Lemon said. “We’re not covering our hitters, moving our feet, talking enough. Communication on the court is not there like it should be.”

But Lemon can already see a difference in the level of her team’s play between their first and second matches.

“The good thing is it’s still early in the season,” Lemon said, “so now we just look forward on getting better and stronger.”

Poole’s takeaway from the match was also positive.

“I saw a lot of promise for us. Defensively, we’re stronger than we were last year on the back row and also blocking and offensively, we have more hitters this year.”