The Redskins were served a straight-set loss by the Anna Rockets Monday, but things weren’t always so bleak.
Wapakoneta was up by double digit points in the first set, looking to put it away when something happened.
Something clicked for Anna, whether it be a strategy change of an attitude adjustment, Anna stormed back in that first set and never looked back.
“I can’t think of any one particular thing that led to the collapse of the lead,” said varsity head coach Keith Rambin.
The ‘Skins lost the first set in extra points, 28-26, and then were out-played the rest of the match.
“I know for a fact that one point in the first set they took us out of our offense by serving short to where the setter was,” Rambin said. “We couldn’t quite handle the short serve and get the pass to the setter.”
Rambin said Anna played a great match to overcome that adversity, Wapakoneta was not doing themselves any favors in the ordeal.
“We finished the night with 23 hitting errors, you’re not going to win too many matches giving up 23 hitting errors, that’s a direct point ot the other team,” Rambin said.
At this point in the season, with five matches left, Rambin said it’s time to start winning.
“Other than the O-G match, every game has been close, we’re definitely going to look to take some of our frustrations out on St. Marys tonight,” Rambin said.
Wapakoneta hosts rival St. Marys at 7:30 in the high school gym.
“I don’t think anybody is going to be satisfied with anything less than a 3-0 victory tonight,” Rambin said.
St. Marys comes into tonight’s match struggling, but anything can happen in a rivalry match.
“I know St. Marys is not only a rival, it’s also a league match, and right now we’re 2-3 in the league,” Rambin said.
He said many of the matches they’ve already had have been the toughest opponents in the league, and he’s looking forward to the weaker part of the schedule to propel them to the tournament.
“Everybody we’ve played so far has been in the upper half of the league. We’ve toed the hard schedule thus far, and hopefully we can finish off the next four or five games or whatever we have left as a good springboard into the tournament,” Rambin said.
The Redskins host St. Marys tonight, then travel to Van Wert on Thursday.