Cavs split away games

Published 9:46 pm Friday, October 21, 2016

The Cavs and Lady Cavs of Lakeland High School traveled to Heritage High School Thursday evening to face the Hurricanes. The Lady Cavs got a win in four sets, while the boys lost.

Coach Mike Cooke, the Lady Cavs coach, feels that his team is trending in the right direction at the right time. After starting off winless for the beginning part of the season, the Lady Cavs have won six of their last seven games to end the season.

“This was our last regular season game, and I’m extremely proud of the progress we have made,” Cooke said. “I think we are where we need to be for tournament time. The girls played with a lot of heart and determination.”

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A lot of the Lady Cavs’ opponents at the beginning of the year were 5A and 6A schools, and it allowed the team to improve its character through the losses. Based on their talent level, Cooke feels that his team has continued to improve.

“If we stay consistent, I see us having success in tournament play,” Cooke said. “We go over four things we want to improve on daily, and I feel we have done that.”

The Cavs lost to the Hurricanes in three sets, breaking a win streak.

“The boys didn’t execute well,” Cavs coach Tarijuana Napoleon said. “Heritage came out and blocked really well and played with a lot of heart.”

Next for both teams is conference tournament play. Napoleon wants her team to decrease their errors and play hard.

“We have to be ready to work hard and execute our plays well,” Napoleon said. “We are going to have to play with heart and be aggressive from start to finish.”