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Why second game was pivotal in exciting St. Martin-Resurrection volleyball match

Resurrection's Ema Godfrey taps the ball over the net while competing against Resurrection on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Pascagoula.
Resurrection's Ema Godfrey taps the ball over the net while competing against Resurrection on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Pascagoula. amccoy@sunherald.com

With his team down 24-22 in the second game and St. Martin holding serve, Resurrection coach Keith Tucker decided not to call a timeout to settle his team.

The move paid off as the Eagles won the next four points to beat the Yellow Jackets 26-24 in the second game en route to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 sweep of St. Martin on Tuesday.

“I wanted to see what they could come up with,” Tucker said about not calling a timeout, adding that scoring the four points and pulling the game out was “what I hoped for.”

“We are at the point where we are learning what we need to do,” he said, noting he had five freshmen on the floor at one point in the match. “This should help us down the road as we start region play and try to make the playoffs.”

St. Martin (4-3) kept the game close, which was a good thing for Yellow Jackets coach Justin Williamson, whose his team has only one senior, Cierra Lamey.

“We have a lot to learn,” he said. “We are still working on some things. We were in the match throughout. We come out of this match knowing that we can compete.”

“I thought St. Martin played well. They dug the ball out well and kept a lot of balls in play.”

However, he was not so complimentary of his own team’s play.

“I thought we could have been sharper,” he said.

The win over the Yellow Jackets gives the Class 1A/3A Eagles another victory against a bigger school. In addition to defeating St. Martin, Resurrection (10-5) has beaten Pascagoula, Gautier and George County.

“It gives us a good challenge,” Tucker said of playing larger schools, noting that larger schools have a larger base from which to choose their players. “Playing schools like that gives you confidence going into the district schedule and playoffs. The purpose is to prepare us for district schedule and playoffs.”

Lillie Boland led the way for Resurrection with eight aces, including five in the second game. Icy Walley added seven kills and 12 digs, keeping play alive several times in the final game with seven digs.

Daja Cowan had eight kills for the Eagles.

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