Lizton — It wasn’t the start to the Sagamore Conference season that the Lebanon Tigers wanted Thursday night when they traveled to Tri-West.
The Tigers dropped the match in four games, 25-17, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, to fall to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in the Sagamore Conference.
“We started slow in every single game,” Lebanon head coach Rob Zajdel said. “We would get into holes and have to fight out of them. That is something we have to get better at. We have had that struggle this entire season. We have to stop that.”
Zajdel said that some of the slow starts can be attributed to having a young team, but not all of it.
“We have veteran players on the team that know better,” he said. “We aren’t making the smart hits. We take the points for granted early in the games because we don’t think about the score, we just play to play. It is just mental mistakes that we have to stop.”
After dropping the first two games 25-17 and 25-15, the Tigers came back to win game three 25-21.
In game four, the Tigers led 4-2 early before Tri-West scored 11-straight points to take a 13-4 lead.
Lebanon clawed its way back, getting within two on three occasions, but could not get over the hump, losing the game 25-21.
Zajdel said he liked the fight in the girls in the fourth game.
“I liked it because we didn’t have any timeouts left so they did it on their own,” Zajdel said. “I was sitting here as a cheerleader for them, but it was all on them. They were the ones who gave the heart and intensity to fight back on every point, make sure we serve aggressively, make sure we were moving good on defense, and picking up the balls we weren’t earlier in the game. We have to make sure we do it all the time.”
For more of this story, read Friday’s Lebanon Reporter.