VOLLEYBALL: Georgia Northwestern at Covenant College

Shanna Burk sends a pass toward the net as teammate Jamese Miller looks on. The Lady Bobcats pushed the Covenant College JV squad to four sets before finally taking the loss. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

Once again, the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats showed plenty of fight, determination and resolve on the court. But once again, Monday’s effort wasn’t enough to get that elusive first victory of the season.

Playing the Covenant College Lady Scots’ junior varsity squad in Barnes Gymnasium atop Lookout Mountain, the Navy-and-Silver put up a battle and for a moment appeared to on the verge of pushing the NCAA Division III squad to a fifth set.

However, the home team would stave off the rally and send the Lady Bobcats back home with a 25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22 loss.

“They did a very good job tonight, especially in that fourth set,” head coach Amber Weaver said. “It was a nice job of coming back after we trailed quite a bit early on in the set.”

Covenant took the first set, but the Lady Bobcats (0-14) would answer the bell in the second set. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead and pushed it to 20-13 in the late stages. The Lady Scots would never get closer than five points the rest of the way as Georgia Northwestern evened up the match.

Covenant would pull away late in the third set to take a 2-1 lead and they led by as many as six points in the early stages of the fourth set, looking to finish off the match in style.

But following a time-out, the Lady Bobcats began their comeback. They continued to play solid defense, while choosing their spots on offense. They methodically chipped away at the deficit, eventually knotting things up at 22 in the race to 25.

However, Covenant would close the door on any comeback hopes by scoring the final three points of the night to finally seal the victory.

“I told them in the huddle during the timeout that we were going to do our 10-ball drill, like we do in practice,” Weaver explained. “I give them 10 balls, they could be anywhere on the court, and they know they can’t let the ball hit the ground.  They knew what I meant and they did really well with it. Our (court) coverage got a lot better.”

Jamese Miller had seven kills and a block for the Lady Bobcats. Tori Hall finished with seven digs, four kills and an ace. Anna Schorle racked up seven kills, five digs and a block, while Kayleigh Goff added nine digs, two aces and a kill.

Morgen Simmons had a team-high 15 digs. Shanna Burk picked up seven assists, four digs and two aces. Mia Clark added five assists and a kill, while Jesse Owens collected up three digs.

Despite the losses, Weaver said her team continues to fight.

“They know that (showing frustration) is one thing we don’t do,” she added. “We play every point until the match is over because they know that if they give up, they are coming to sit next to me. But we’re still showing a lot of fight and things like that are going to make a difference for us when they come back to play next year.

“We talk about having to play our game. We’re a loud, pretty energetic team, despite the record. We just have to consistently play our style of volleyball, no matter who we’re playing, and I think we’re getting there.”

The Lady Bobcats will trek to Powell, Tenn. on Friday for 7 p.m. match against The Crown College.