Lady Gens head into exam break with three-set loss at Essex

 

Aleah Marton (10) and Sydney Emerson (3) attempt to block an Essex shot during action last Tuesday.

Aleah Marton (10) and Sydney Emerson (3) attempt to block an Essex shot during action last Tuesday.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens ran up  against an undefeated Essex Red Raider team last Tuesday evening and dropped all three sets that were played.

The Lady Gens (5-3) were competitive in a 25-23 opening set defeat but fell behind early in the second set before falling in decisive fashion 25-9. Amherst had early leads in the third set but Essex (8-0) rallied to win 25-16.

Assistant coach Mary Ewer said the Lady Gens are “awesome” and “energetic” in practice but that always doesn’t translate into games this season.

“We practise hard. We practise well,” she said.

Ewer said both she and head coach Jeff Miller have requested the team step it up and improve.

“Everyone has got to be contributing to this,” said Ewer.

The Lady Gens are “great kids,” she added, stating she believes they want to get better.

“They are very eager. They want to succeed,” said Ewer.

With the winter season now over – the season being divided as the section between the start of the year and the Christmas break, the section between Christmas break and the exam break and the third section being after exams – Miller said the second season is the worst. He said players were eager at the start of the season but they fell into a “lull” in the middle section.

Miller credited Essex for their victory, saying they were the better team.

“They are better than we are. That’s the reality of it,” said Miller. “They have a bunch of solid players.”

The Lady Gens challenged Essex well in the first set by showing grit and determination, he said, but noted that when they are off their game, the results are similar to that of the second and third sets.

A recent tournament cancellation at Chatham John McGregor was a setback for the team, he believed, because the young Lady Gens continue to need game experience.

“These kids need to play,” he said. “They need reps.”

The Lady Gens will be able to get practise time in between exams, he added, with two games to follow as they get ready for playoffs.

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