FLORENCE — Whitney Doyen learned something about her team.
Coming off consecutive losses to conclude its stay at the Gatesville Invitational, Lampasas returned to the court Tuesday, traveling to Florence, where it appeared the Lady Badgers were destined for a three-set victory.
Instead, however, Lampasas found itself in a marathon.
The Lady Badgers allowed a 2-0 advantage to slip away before holding on to capture a 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25, 15-13 win.
Admittedly, Lampasas’ first-year head coach would prefer to emerge with a sweep, the outcome was informative.
“This shows that we have a lot of fight,” she said, “we believe in ourselves and we trust each other to be able to come back and finish games like that.
“We’ve been constantly pushing to just finish, so being able to do that was big for us.”
The Lady Badgers dominated the match early, scoring 13 of the evening’s first 16 points en route to a first-set victory, before jumping out to another advantage, 9-5, in the second set.
This lead would not hold, though.
With Florence sophomore Jolie Rizzo serving, the Lady Buffaloes began mounting a comeback, taking a one-point lead at 20-19 before Lampasas closed with a 6-1 run.
Florence found itself trailing 21-16 in the ensuing set, but with their backs against the wall, the Lady Buffaloes won nine of the next 11 points to take the set.
Then, they did it again, climbing out of a 14-9 deficit to win the fourth set and force the tiebreaker.
The squads exchanged points for a majority of the fifth set, but Lampasas recorded five unanswered points to create a 14-10 cushion Florence could not deflate, and Lady Badgers senior Emma Cornish’s kill clinched the victory.
“We didn’t quit the whole game,” Doyen said, “and we were able to come back after losing all our momentum.
“I was proud of the way we finished.”
Lampasas improved to 7-9 with the victory, and following a whirlwind start to the season, the Lady Badgers will take a couple days off before hosting Marble Falls on Friday.
While the jam-packed schedule has admittedly been a grind, it has also been beneficial, according to Doyen.
“The more touches we get,” she said, “the better we are going to be.
“We’ve played in back-to-back games at tournaments, so that is like a five-set match, and that has helped us for situations like this. The kids are used to playing for long periods, and they don’t think any different of it.”
TUESDAY'S HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
- Austin Bowie def. Ellison
- Belton def. Hutto 25-20, 25-19, 25-23
- Dripping Springs def. Copperas Cove 25-21, 25-18, 25-18
- Lampasas def. Florence 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25, 15-13
- Leander Glenn def. Gatesville 25-21, 25-21, 25-15
- Salado def. Mexia 18-25, 25-12, 25-16, 28-26