COPPERAS COVE — Qiana Canete had no idea what her numbers were.
Her mind was focused only on the task at hand — scoring points.
“I wasn’t paying attention. I think probably I was in the zone,” said Canete. “They kept serving me the ball, and (scoring) is what you’re supposed to do.”
She didn’t even realize she had scored four-straight points, including back-to-back blocks, to break the fourth game open and propel 16th-ranked Copperas Cove to a 25-16,16-25,25-13, 25-18 victory over Belton on Tuesday.
She also had no inkling that she scored four more at the beginning of the game when the Lady Dawgs built a four-point lead, 12-8.
Canete had 10 of her 21 kills in the fourth game.
“We started off really slow but we gradually started getting aggressive throughout the matches,” the Cove junior said. “I think we communicated really well and played really well all around.”
Canete also collected nine blocks and four digs to go with her 21 kills, while senior libero Jessica Vick added 23 digs and sophomore setter Mikayla Blount led Cove (27-6, 6-0 8-5A) with 23 assists.
Carlie Tuiasosopo had eight kills, with one block and seven digs.
Despite the positives, Cove coach Cari Lowery sees room for improvement
“It was inconsistent, usually we have more fluidity and we look smoother but it was very peak and valley for this time of year,” Lowery said.
But Canete sees a team still learning hot play with each other — a scary thought for a squad that has 27 wins before October.
“We’ve had a lot of young girls come onto the team this year and they’ve gotten a lot better throughout the season,” said Canete.
Lowery credited Belton’s (22-10, 4-2) ability to slow the game down and how well they executed its game plan. She thought Belton was “pretty smart” to try to keep the tempo down against Cove — a team that loves to play fast.
“There was no fluidity to the game. It was very sporadic. Belton did a very good job of slowing the pace down and it took us out of our usual game,” Lowery said. “They (served) a lot of off-speed stuff with topspin and it slowed us into a coma.”
But the Lady Dawgs’ head coach had a game plan — get it to Canete.
“We did it in Game 2 and in the end of Game 4,” Lowery said. “That’s what we should be doing.”