ARLINGTON — Arlington Lamar volleyball coach Kate Wood admitted she’s impatient when it comes to evaluating her team.
After Tuesday’s four-set triumph over Hurst L.D. Bell, at least the evaluation was over a victory.
The Vikings outlasted the Blue Raiders 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-13 in a nondistrict match at Lamar.
“I guess when I see our record going the wrong way, I start looking at myself and wondering what it is that I’m not doing right here,” Wood said. “But the fact is we’re an entirely different team than we were last year.”
Finding an offensive rhythm has been the biggest issue for Lamar (8-11) this season.
Gone is 2012 Star-Telegram Player of the Year Ashley Elrod, who had 585 kills last season.
But senior Amber Buechele, who missed all of last season after an injury, recorded 11 kills against Bell and helped the Vikings rally after a Game 2 loss.
Lamar took a 21-17 lead in that game and seemed to be in control before a rash of errors helped the Raiders climb back to a 22-22 tie.
Bell (8-8) went on to win the game, but had trouble with Buechele’s play at the net in Game 3 as she returned from the bench midway through the set to record a kill and stretch Lamar’s lead to 16-10.
Buechele had three more kills in Game 4 to help close out the victory.
“We’re substituting a lot and working on the different defensive things,” Buechele said. “It’s kind of nice to have a game like this, and I was really nervous at the start of the year because I hadn’t hit the ball in nine months and we lost so many offensive players.”
Bell’s serve-receive game was on cue Tuesday, but coach Vickie Griffin said her team has to work on its passing.
“That was clearly the difference tonight,” she said. “It’s just not where I know it can be. We’re playing good defense but we’ve got to get passes so we can give ourselves better scoring chances.”
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