Behind 12 kills from Jaslyn Bright, Slidell opened district play with a 25-12, 25-19 and 25-20 victory over Covington on Thursday night on the road.
In addition to Bright’s 12 kills, Slidell (9-1, 1-0) was led by Erica Bennet who had eight kills. Aaliyah Burdine added four aces, Morgan Authement had three blocks and Riley Herdliska had 25 aces.
“It is a good way to start off district play,” Bright said. “We started off the first game badly, but once we got going we started playing the kind of volleyball we know we are capable of doing. It just took some time to get going and I have to credit my teammates for really pumping each other up and keeping our head in the game.”
Trailing 6-2 in the opening game, Slidell went on a 9-0 run to take an 11-6 lead and control of the match. The Tigers did not trail again until midway in Game 3 en route to the district-opening win.
Acknowledging her team’s slow start, Tigers coach Michelle Anderson said it is something they are going to have to figure out if they are to be successful throughout the season.
“We have a tendency to start very slow,” Anderson said. “We did that on Wednesday in our game against Lakeshore. We were down like 10-2 before we started to turn things around. We are just going to have to find a way to get ourselves going earlier in matches so it doesn’t cost us on the back end.”
Only in her second year at the helm of the Tigers program, Anderson said her young squad is starting to understand what the coaching staff is trying to teach them.
“We are still a young team,” she said. “Last year was a very difficult year with a new coach with a very young team that had never worked hard before. It was a hard year. We are making baby steps and it is great to start off district play with a victory. That is never a bad thing.”
Covington (5-9, 0-2) was led by Hannah Firsch who had four kills and Dougie Hamilton have aces. Courtni Lemons added nine assists.