In the opener against Chattahoochee, Woodward won the first game 25-19, which was sealed on Lindsey Johnson’s kill. But that momentum would only extend into the early part of the next game before the Lady Cougars rallied and held on for a 25-23 victory.
The finale would end in the same manner except the Lady War Eagles would fall behind early en route to a 25-16 setback.
“When our ball control is good we’re a good team, but when it goes away we struggled a little bit,” Woodward volleyball coach Tad Sahara said. “Against Chattahoochee, we just couldn’t pass. In a nutshell that was probably the biggest thing.”
Although against Columbus later that evening, those effects didn’t linger and the Lady War Eagles earned a split of their home opener with a 2-0 win (25-12, 25-19).
“We really didn’t hit for a high percentage but when we’re not on the defensive as far as giving them easy shots and things like that—that is when we are on our game,” Sahara said. “As long as we are holding the ball-control battle, that is when we are good so that is why we did a whole lot better against Columbus.”
This weekend, Woodward will travel to Huntsville, Ala., for the Ironman Invitational.
“We expect to take the tournament and compete,” Sahara said. “Some of the top teams in the Southeast will be there and I think we are right there in the mix with them.”
Last season, the Lady War Eagles had a 2-5 record in the tournament.