GIBSON CITY - The Lady Falcon volleyball team’s confidence is at a high point right now.
Not only did last Tuesday’s 25-19/25-12 win over rival Fisher give them their first conference victory, it moved the team’s record to 6-9 after winning five of their last seven games.
Since their 1-7 start, the 5-2 record from that point forward is a sign of things coming together, and their coach can see the confidence rising each game.
“They have finally realized that they can win and play with that confidence and control,” GCMS Coach Tom Stone said.
According to Stone, the turning point for the squad was the PBL tournament two weeks ago, where the team went 3-2 and won a key game against Rantoul 25-20/26-24.
GCMS then defeated Clifton Central and Fisher before having the rest of the week off for homecoming.
“(Those games) we saw great mental control in the game - no frustration, no major slumps but also no major highs where we played over our heads,” Stone said.
Alyssa Allemand, Brea Walker, Madi Thompson and Liz Wozniak each had three kills in the win over the Bunnies.
Allemand and Walker each had three digs, while Taylor May had three digs as well to go along with 15 assists and two aces.
“The Fisher game was interesting. It was not our best game of the week, but we did what we needed to,” Stone said. “One of the things that really stuck out to me was the fact that our stats were so balanced. We had four girls with three kills apiece and three girls who were within one or two digs from each other. Our ability to spread the ball across the net is very beneficial, especially when we face bigger blockers.”
When asked what it will take to keep things going, Stone wished the answer was a simple one.
“That's a great question, and if I knew a sure fire answer we would be unstoppable,” he said. “I think that we have really worked this week, and going forward, on clearing our minds and really focusing on the game at hand, not looking back at errors, but also not getting too hyped up and anxious either. I am trying myself to stay as calm as possible to help them keep a level head that they need to carry through the games.”
With some tougher teams approaching, the Falcons’ mental toughness should truly be tested.
And coach Stone said it will be a challenge, but they have the mindset to go in and win those games.
The results of Monday’s game against El Paso and Tuesday’s game at Lexington were unavailable at press time.