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Marble Falls volleyball continues ‘to learn how to win’

CAPTION: Marble Falls junior Mia Trejo and the Lady Mustangs look to regroup against a surging Llano team that will arrive Sept. 1 with confidence. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The Marble Falls High School volleyball team competed at the Little River Academy tournament Aug. 24 and 26 where the Lady Mustangs went 1-4.

Head coach Kait Goertz said the Lady Mustangs had some close matches Aug. 26 and are still trying to find their rhythm.

“We very easily could have been 3-0,” she said. “Some matches were 22-25, 23-25. We very easily could have finished 3-2 (at the tournament). We learned a lot. We saw some good things in our eyes to work on and improve on. We’re moving in the right direction, we’re still in the struggle.”

Unforced errors continue to plague the team, Goertz said.

“It goes back to us being right there with the teams,” she said. “It’s learning how to win, how to handle the end-of-game situations. It’s the mental side of it. For us a lot of our issues weren’t because the team was that much better. Our errors dug the hole. Eliminate those unforced errors and have the confidence to go out and do what we do. We get a little rattled in those situations.”

And as the errors mount, the Lady Mustangs’ confidence and belief begins to wane, the coach said, which is exactly what opponents want. So the team’s challenge is to lessen the unforced errors and make teams earn points instead of giving them away. And as those errors go away, the players’ belief shoots up.

“It’s mental for us,” the coach said. “It’s a hard thing to break. We need to go out and win the game and believe we can win the game. We’re headed in the right direction. We’re on the cusp.”

The Lady Mustangs welcome Llano at Friday, Sept. 1, with the varsity playing at 5:30 p.m. and the subvarsities at 6:30 p.m.

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