FLORENCE — The Florence Lady Buffs opened the season on Monday night with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) loss to the Round Rock Christian Academy Lady Crusaders, but coach Kelly Stephens was impressed by the effort. 

Florence shook off some first-game jitters as the match proceeded and played better.

Head coach Kelly Stephens talked with the Killeen Daily Herald’s Albert Alvarado after the season-opening match.

What are your thoughts about this match?

I was impressed overall. We need to work on a few little things — our following through when we hit, getting our serves in, communication — but those are easily fixed. I’m impressed, I’m excited.

Did you feel that the team improved as the match went on?

I think they were a little nervous. Even though we had a scrimmage on Friday, it’s the first real game of the season and they were a little bit nervous about that. I have eight seniors so that really helps keep the calmness on the court.

What are your thoughts on the back court play?

That was actually what I was worried about this season. We knew that we were going to be missing Rebecca Horton on the front row, the blocking. I was concerned about our passing — being in the right position, getting the ball back up — but I was overall pretty impressed and pretty pleased about our passing. I thought that was the biggest achievement of the night.

What are some of the points of emphasis when you get together with the girls and discuss this match?

Just small things really — hitter coverage. Whenever we’re hitting, we need to be sure we’re ready for the block to come back. Our communication and stuff like that, but all the little things can be fixed.

Contact Albert Alvarado at alvarado@kdhnews.com

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