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Senior Caraline Nelson spikes the ball for Sherman during wins in tri-matches with Van and Scott on Sept 8.

SETH — Scott High School, Sherman High School and Van High School met last Tuesday for their first games of the season — a tri at the Lady Tide’s home court.

The season, still largely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, opened with the three rivals facing one another. The match was also the first of the season for Van’s new head coach, Bonnie Chambers.

Scott defeated Van in their match 2-0, with their sets scored at 25-19 and 25-15. Coach Chambers talked about the Lady Bulldogs being nervous at first, but managed to work in good passes and find mobility on the court. Setting the ball and communicating are two aspects of Van’s play that Chambers wishes to improve upon.

Scott’s game against Sherman lasted for three sets, ending with Sherman taking the match 2-1 (25-20, 25-19, 25-9). Sherman head coach Terri Dawn Williams noted nervousness among her players at first, leading to a slow start that led to a loss in the first set. When the Lady Tide settled into the match, they were able to work together to win over the Lady Hawks.

Sherman defeated the Lady Bulldogs 2-0 (25-12, 25-20). Coach Williams called their wins a team effort, saying the girls covered for each other well. Coach Chambers congratulated the Lady Tide and the Lady Hawks for their strong play, then looked ahead to how the Lady Dogs can improve. “Even though the loss was disappointing, I have confidence in this group of girls to succeed and have a winning season,” Chambers said. “With Emma Vickers and Madison Gibson leading the team as captains, I know we will improve and just keep getting better and better.”

Boone County Schools’ orange designation for COVID-19 cases means Scott will have to sit out a tri at Nitro High with Logan High on Sept. 17 and Van will not be able to host Poca on the same day. Sherman is scheduled to travel to Cross Lanes Christian on Sept. 21.