The Lady Coyotes opened up their season on the road on Tuesday night with a match up against Class 2A powerhouse Krum. Anna stayed close in each contest but was not able to get a win. However, the squad will look to get on their feet at the Collin County SpikeFest tournament over the weekend.
Anna will be in Pool A starting on Thursday, with a game against Blue Ridge at 9 a.m. It will take on Tom Bean at 11:30 a.m. and then Collinsville at 2 p.m. Depending on their showing in those games, the Lady Coyotes will either be in the gold or silver championship bracket on Saturday.
"Our first goal is to win our pool and start in the championship (gold) bracket on Saturday," Coach Tomika Crosby said. "We want to work to be more consistent, more defensive and be better at blocking kills."
Anna opened its 2013 season with a road game in Krum, and the Lady Bobcats were able to close out each of the three games strong to take the match 3-0.
Early in the opening set, Breanna Dilldine landed a kill to bring her team within two, and just a few plays later freshman Skylar Van Norman landed a kill and Anna was within one.
Kills from Dei Moreno and Amanda Mink kept the Lady Coyotes close, staying within one at 14-15, but Krum finished strong with a 10-4 run to close out the opening game.
The Lady Bobcats started the second game with the same pace they ended the first game, and early on Anna found itself down by five. The Lady Coyotes fought back, with kills from Kaitlyn Gibbon and Van Norman late in the match. Anna was able to close the gap to 18-21 but Krum answered with four points to wrap up the second game.
Anna got its first lead of the night in the final game when Mink and Mikaela Gililland blocked a kill and gave Anna a 4-3 advantage. Another point forced Krum to take a timeout, and after the break the Bobcats came charging back.
Krum took the lead three plays later and, despite a big effort from the Lady Coyotes, was able to walk away with the 25-22 win to get the sweep.
"As we prepare for the tournament we will work a lot on defense," Crosby said. "We will continue to put the girls in game-type situations so we can be consistent in our games. This is a good group of girls who are willing to do the little things they need to do to get better, and I think we will continue to improve."