For some teams, the search for consistency is similar to hunting a needle in a haystackâ€” very difficult to find.
Such is the case for the Lincolnton Lady Wolves who fell to the East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers on Tuesday in a home volleyball match.
Lincolnton was blanked by the Cavaliers 3-0; 9-15, 17-25 and 23-25. Leading performers in the losing cause were Jessie Cline with six points, Santana Edwards with six points and Lindsey Sain pacing the Lady Wolves with seven points.
Head coach Butch Richardson believes the difference-maker in many of his teamâ€™s losses have a common denominatorâ€” consistency or lack thereof.
â€œBasically we were outplayed in too many spurts. We had spurts where we played well, we just werenâ€™t consistent. Weâ€™re still searching for consistent play and we havenâ€™t gotten there yet,â€ he said.
Falling two games below .500 has Richardson concerned as they near the midway point of the season.
â€œItâ€™s still early, but itâ€™s becoming a concern now. We need to make our move now, if weâ€™re going to make a move. Weâ€™re sort of erratic, we play well and then we just drop off the edge,â€ he said.
Another C word the Wolves are in search of is confidence. Richardson feels the two, consistency and confidence go hand-in-hand.
â€œIf we just put together a game where we play consistently I think we would be able to gain more confidence. You just canâ€™t give up five points in a row and rebound against good teams,â€ he said.
The varsityâ€™s record is now 4-6 overall and 1-5 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
Lincolntonâ€™s Junior Varsity squad won 2-1; 7-25, 26-24 and 25-22. Standouts for the JV team were Madison Lanier with 26 points and Britany Nicholson contributing with 10 points.
Their record is even at 5-5 with a 3-3 MW 2A Conference mark.
One game away from the middle of the conference season has Richardson searching for much-needed leadership.
â€œThereâ€™s no one really stepping up. When we have had players step up, the other players just havenâ€™t responded. If it doesnâ€™t come, weâ€™ll probably be in the same situation we are right nowâ€” itâ€™s more or less in their hands.â€
by John Mark Brooks