For The Tribune
The Seymour volleyball team defeated Silver Creek during an exciting, five-game match at Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium in Seymour on Tuesday.
The Owls looked as though they were going to drop the match against a hard-hitting Silver Creek team as they went down two games after winning the first.
At the end of the long night, the Owls rallied for the 24-17, 17-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-13 win.
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The Owls showed strength in the first set as they won 25-16.
The Dragons then answered with a 25-17 and 25-15 wins in the second and third games.
That’s when the Owls regrouped and coach Holly Birdsong brought the team together to remind them they have been playing well and could get back in the game and force a fifth set.
“I told them to show me what they are capable of doing,” she said.
The team opened the fourth set by jumping to a quick 7-4 lead after strong serves by junior Cecily Coffman.
Silver Creek jumped back and seemed to assume control of the set when they brought the game to 18-17.
Birdsong then called a timeout and the team reset the tone and won 25-21, forcing a fifth game.
In the fifth game the Dragons took an early lead, but the Lady Owls fought back, coming back again from an 11-7 deficit.
The Owls then tied the set at 13-all and won the last two points to secure the 15-13 set and match win.
“I am pleased with the last set of this game,” Birdsong said. “They had to fight back and forth to win some of the points and I’m glad they could push through to the end. I think this is the best performance — under the circumstances –- that we have had.”
Birdsong said she still wasn’t satisfied with the way the team played during the second and third sets.
She said there were too many errors the team should have been able to avoid. Birdsong said she used timeouts to get through to the team to the need for improvement.
“It was a matter of them remembering what we were saying and being able to execute what we were saying,” Birdsong said. “We were then able to eliminate some of the errors on our side and at the end of it, they were able to pull a few points out in a row and get ourselves on top and gave us some confidence to finish the game.”
The Owls moved to 8-9 on the season.