Intensity was the word of the night when Central beat Lafayette in a in city volleyball matchup on Wednesday.
From the first serve to the final point, both teams were trying to match the other.
“There’s so much intensity for the city rivalry,” Central head coach Monica Flaska said. “There’s so much excitement and we had the Central Crazies come in with a good crowd. The team feels that intensity and they want to win as well for city pride.”
Lafayette head coach Callie Smith felt the same way.
“The game was very intense, no matter what the score was,” Smith said. “It felt like it was a 24-26 game. I’m really proud that they kept with that intensity the whole time.”
The final score of Central’s 2-0 victory did not do justice to the energy in the gymnasium. Both student sections were yelling across the floor while both teams were trading points in the first set. Central came out on top 25-21 and did not slow down from there.
After another back-and-forth start to the second set, Central held a 14-10 lead. The Indians held onto the lead to win the set as well as the game.
Central junior Sydney Sample gave credit to Lafayette for being a tough competitor.
“Lafayette is pretty good, they’re hard to play,” Sample said. “They’re really scrappy and go for everything. We just executed and did a really good job putting the ball down.”
Central had to make some adjustments early as senior Bria Kirby came out due to a head injury. Kirby tried to stay in the game but was taken out quickly by Flaska.
“We could tell she did not quite look herself,” Flaska said. “We took her out to have the trainer look at her and then had to make an adjustment. We had a normal back row player came in and played left so I was proud of my team for that.”
Central moves to 3-3 on the season and Flaska likes what she has seen from her team and where they can be by the end of the season.
“We’ve been working on ball control, serve receive and trying to be positive players,” Flaska said. “Meaning not making as many mistakes and giving teams points for free. Make them earn their points. We just keep improving and improving and I’m excited about peaking towards October. We are on that road.”
On the other side, Lafayette falls to 1-4 and continues to look for some consistency.
“They have been very resilient,” Smith said. “I’m a first year head coach, some players have had a couple other coaches the last few years, and I’m throwing stuff at them. They take it and work really hard. That showed tonight.”