Seahawks show signs of improvement, still fall to Bear Grass

Published 8:03 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

WILLIAMSTON — The Southside volleyball team showed improvement playing Bear Grass for the second time this season, but the Seahawks still came to the same result, losing in straight sets, 25-12, 25-16, 25-15, on Monday.

Despite the loss, Southside (0-3) head coach Atyana Starkie said her team can take some confidence from the match after improving on some aspects from the Seahawks’ first go-around against the Bears. Starkie pointed to the play of her players on the front line, Jacqueline Wood and Hannah Ashby, as positives.

“They were key players (Monday), as far as setting up and getting some hits down,” Starkie said. “That was really impressive to me because that’s what I want to see every time. I want to see them setting (up) kills.”

It’s defensively where Starkie wants Southside to improve most. She said her team also needs to do a better job adjusting to playing in different gyms. Playing at Bear Grass on Monday, the gym’s ceiling was lower than Southside’s gym, and the Seahawks were repeatedly caught by surprise by the ball popping up, hitting the low ceiling and quickly bouncing back down.

Southside returns to action today, playing host to Washington.