PLAYING FOR IMPROVEMENT: Lady Bulldogs had strong showing in tourney

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 26, 2019

The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs put up a solid effort as the varsity went 1-3 and the junior varsity went 2-0 on Thursday in the T.R. Miller Summer Volleyball Tournament in Brewton.

Andalusia’s first match was against Flomaton, but the Lady Hurricanes were able to come away with a 2-0 win.

In the second match of the day, Andalusia fought hard, but fell to W.S. Neal 2-1.

W.S. Neal won the first game of the match, but both teams fought until the end.

W.S. Neal needed extra points to knock off the Lady Bulldogs 28-26 to take a 1-0 lead.

In the second game, the Lady Bulldogs came storming out front and went on to a 25-14 win.

In the final game of the match, W.S Neal needed extra points again as they edged out the Lady Bulldogs for a 17-15 victory.

The Lady Bulldogs closed out the tournament strong as they defeated Northview 2-0.

Andalusia knocked off Northview 26-24 in the first game and then won the match with a 25-12 victory in game two.

“In the game against W.S Neal, they really stepped up,” Lady Bulldog head coach Angie Grimes said. “They really stepped up and started covering a lot better, started hitting a lot better and found their confidence. I was proud of them even though we ended up losing.”

Grimes was thrilled with they way the team played against Northview.

“The last game I think we finally found a line up that works for us,” Grimes said. “We’ve been playing around with that this summer. I think now we can go back and perfect it. I’m very excited about know and we’ve seen our weakness and knowing what we are not doing right. A lot of the errors were ours. We were hitting them out. I can live with that all day long. That happened when we played down their against W.S Neal. I’m excited. I think we are going to have a pretty productive year. We had a few serving errors. (Anna) Duffy did a great job serving. I don’t know how many times she served in a row in that last game. We are starting to pick stuff up in the middle and our coverage is starting to look pretty good. Our passing was such a big issue for us Saturday when we played Enterprise. It has finally, I think, gotten better. Passing and the way the girls communicated on the court impressed me.”

In junior varsity action, the Lady Bulldogs knocked off Flomaton 2-0 and W.S. Neal 2-0.

“They are doing good,” Grimes said. “We are trying to find a rotation. We have a lot players. We wanted to give everybody some playing time, but yes they are looking very good.”