ANDREWS The Compass Academy volleyball team had no trouble in sweeping Crane in the bidistrict round of the playoffs Monday night at Mustang Arena.
The Lady Cougars won by scores of 25-20, 25-14, 25-11 to improve to 22-10 for the season.
The Lady Cougars were coming off a tiebreaking victory over Cohoma this past Saturday in four sets which solidified their second place finish in District 3-3A.
“Saturday’s seeding game really helped us coming into this game with our rotation,” Compass Academy head coach Christina Bush said. “We finally found where we were strong at. These girls just ran off with it tonight.”
Compass Academy began the first set on a 12-6 run.
It was soon 18-9 after another run by the Lady Cougars and soon a timeout was taken.
“We recognized where we needed to hit and we started to make those adjustments,” Bush said. “We also took advantage of where the weak spots were. Other than that, both teams played a good match tonight.”
The Lady Cranes didn’t go away and used a late run to close the gap to 24-20 before a kill by Camille Kubacak clinched the set for the Lady Cougars.
“Camille is big and she’s going to come down and take her swing,” Bush said. “She’s been working very hard on her serves and those serves were on target today.”
Both teams began the second set going back and forth and the Lady Cougars took a 10-9 lead.
A kill by Kubacak on the next play made it a two-point lead for Compass Academy.
The Lady Cougars then used a strong run to take an 18-13 advantage.
Compass Academy kept its foot on the pedal and had no trouble in closing gout the second set.
The Lady Cougars began the third set on another strong surge, beginning with a 5-2 run.
It was soon 9-3 before a timeout was called.
The Lady Cranes went on a 6-3 run to close the gap.
However, Compass Academy managed to keep its lead and a block by Kubacak made it 16-9 soon after.
“We tried to get those first couple of points and we were able to do that in the third set and establish the tone to help us get going in the right direction,” Bush said.
Compass Academy will await the winner of Lubbock-Cooper Liberty and River Road in the area round.