LAUGHLIN — The skid in the middle of the season proved too costly for the Lady Cougars volleyball team to get into playoffs, ending heir season 13-19 overall and 6-8 in league.
They finished their season with a pair of wins against Mountain View Oct. 23 but losses to Lincoln County Oct. 25.
The girls won in two in both matches against the Mountain View Lady Saints, winning 25-12, 25-8 and then 25-13 and 25-18
Laughlin fought hard but couldn’t come up with a win against Lincoln County, losing 25-19, 25-17 and then 27-25 and 25-17.
“They literally played the best volleyball all season (against Lincoln),” said coach Bryan Crabtree. “I wish we could’ve come out on top but it was fun to watch.”
The team had amazing reactions and responded well throughout the games, he said.
He wasn’t sure if they knew they were eliminated from playoffs so they could simply relax and play or if there was an extra strong motivation, Crabtree said.
Regardless, Crabtree was pleased with how they played, so he couldn’t be disappointed even though they lost, he said.
Serving was an issue during the matches against Lincoln, said Crabtree.
They couldn’t get any real momentum going because girl after girl would miss the serve.
Aside from serving, they were a complete team and played solid games, said Crabtree. Fejay Crevier was the exception.
“Fejay — she served well and she dug the ball really well,” said Crabtree.
She was in the right positions and was able to dig out from some of the better Lincoln hitters, he added.
“It was good volleyball,” he said. “I was impressed.”
Crabtree said the games against Mountain View showed a young, inexperienced Lady Saints team and Laughlin was able to come out and do well.
In looking back at the season, Crabtree said it was a little frustrating to have not been a bit more competitive against teams like Needles, Lincoln County and Lake Mead because the team was capable of winning.
Once Lake Mead was able to creep back up on Laughlin in that first game, the girls hit a skid, aside from the win against Adelson, he said. It took a while to find their rhythm again after that doubleheader.
Crabtree said he doesn’t include the losses to The Meadows.
“They’re in a league of their own,” he said.
The first half of the season was against teams that weren’t as competitive so when Laughlin had to face tougher teams, it forced them to work on things they hadn’t refined at that point, Crabtree said.
One of the wins for the team this season is how much the girls enjoyed the game and it showed up on court, he said.
No one was excited for the season to end and there’s much to look forward to for next season.
“I’ll still have these girls for seventh hour through February,” said Crabtree.
He’s looking forward to having time to coach the girls and give them more time to build up for next year, he said. The seniors in Crabtree’s class will play against the next season’s potential varsity players and that will help develop the team well in advance.