Kokomo’s volleyball team had a good start against Logansport Thursday in a sectional match.
But the Wildkats weren’t able to close out the crucial first set. The Berries kept the momentum from there en route to a 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 win over the Wildkats in a first-round match of the Class 4A Logansport Sectional.
“I felt like Logansport really played well and they served strong. We really struggled serving to spots,” Kokomo coach Jason Watson said. “We lost confidence towards the end of the first set and we never were able to get momentum back. It’s something we battled being on their home floor and they’re in their comfort zone and we lost confidence and we couldn’t get momentum back.”
The theme of the match was the big runs the Berries were able to go on.
The Kats jumped out to an 18-12 lead in the first set before the Berries closed it out with a 13-4 run.
The second set had a similar finish with Logan going on an 11-3 burst to break open a 14-13 score.
The Kats led 7-1 in the third set but a 15-3 run gave the Berries a 16-10 lead and they were able to hold on from there.
“They played very well, they played confident,” Watson said. “I feel like we started well but we lost confidence and in volleyball, momentum and energy and confidence are huge and when you lose it and don’t get it back, you’re not going to beat very many teams.”
Alanis Jones had eight kills and Tori Lauderbaugh added six to lead Kokomo. Miranda Ogle dished 13 assists.
Amanda Tran collected 19 digs and Lauderbaugh added 12. Jones and Mykayla Fowler each added a pair of blocks. Brooke Smith had two aces.
The Kats have to settle for a 13-20 final record.
“We lost quite a few five-set, close matches or our record probably would be a lot better,” Watson noted. “I felt like we grew from that and we were able to improve on a lot of aspects. Some of the things that were our Achilles heal we were never able to get fixed up, but hopefully the younger girls will be able to improve on those skills in the offseason and make that a strong point instead of a weak point.”