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VOLLEYBALL: Lady Dawgs bounce back from first district setback

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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 10:07 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — Following a five-set loss to Waco Midway on Friday, its first of the district season, Copperas Cove was looking for a bit of healing against Harker Heights on Tuesday. 

The Lady Bulldawgs got a heavy dose of that at home Tuesday, running away with a 25-10, 25-4, 25-13 victory against the Lady Knights at the Copperas Cove gym.

Heights (12-8, 2-8 in District 8-5A) led briefly to start the second set, which turned out to be the Lady Bulldogs’ most dominant, and that was it for the entire match.

Cove, meanwhile, flashed what coach Cari Lowery called “moments of greatness” en route to improving to 34-7 overall and 9-1 in league play.

“We needed to come back and prove to ourselves that we can still play,” Lowery said with a smile.

The Lady Bulldawgs scored five of the first six points of the match to set the tone early before pulling away for good with a 6-0 spurt that put them up 19-8.

Junior Mikayla Blount handed out 10 of her 23 assists in the opening set, many of which went to seniors Qiana Canete and Bryaunea Hall, who had four and five kills in the first set, respectively.

“We passed well tonight,” said Canete, who finished with 16 kills and two blocks. “I think our hitting was pretty consistent throughout the front row — everyone on the front was doing their job hitting.”

Heights went up 3-2 early in the second set before Cove unleashed a 14-0 run, ultimately cruising to a 25-4 win.

Even Lowery admitted the onslaught was about as impressive as it gets for her team, while Heights coach Chris Wiley said it was more about what the Lady Bulldawgs did than what his team didn’t do.

“Cove’s a good team,” Wiley said. “They did what they had to do, they made their plays, and that’s why they’re probably the best team in this district.”

Still riding that wave of momentum, Cove opened the final set with a 7-0 run and led by 10 at multiple points in the set before closing it out on Canete’s 16th kill.

And after the victory, the Lady Bulldawgs were actually beginning to see the loss to Midway in a positive light.

“We talked about Saturday morning at practice, is it more important to be undefeated district champions or to play longer in the playoffs, and it’s more important to play longer in the playoffs,” Lowery said. “So, sometimes a loss can be a good thing.”

It certainly felt that way Tuesday night.

“I think that tonight was really good for us,” Canete said.

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