WEST VALLEY CITY One of the most difficult things to do on a volleyball court is to remain confident and calm when the other team is on a roll.
"Volleyball is a momentum game," said Bingham head coach Melissa Glasker after the Miners swept Hunter 25-21, 25-19, 25-18 to stay unbeaten in region play Tuesday. "We just remind them that all you've got to do is get the momentum back on your side."
That's exactly what the Miners did as they came from behind in all three games to win. The second game was the most dramatic comeback as the Miners battled back from an 8-1 deficit. It was a scorching kill from sophomore outside hitter Danika Youngblood that got the team rolling. She said a few bad hits before that kill were easy to shake off with the help of her teammates.
"We don't really get mad at each other," Youngblood said. "We just have to shake those things off. We just try to forget it and just go after it."
Glasker said the team is focusing on consistency on several fronts.
"We've been working on being consistent emotionally and with our level of play," the coach said. "We've also been working on teamwork."
A number of players helped swing the momentum the Miners' way at key times, including right-side hitter Hannah Christensen, who had two blocks when the score was tied or within a point in the first game. The senior said she is playing with more confidence as the team is better prepared mentally for matches.
"We're playing less timid," she said. "We're supporting each other more."
Youngblood had 10 kills and junior Rachel Gines added six kills, but the entire team contributed to defeat a talented Wolverine squad. Sophomore setter Cortney Godfrey did a great job getting everyone on the court involved in the offense.
"I thought they played as a team," said Glasker. "I was very, very proud of them."Hunter played very well at times, but it seemed to panic when Bingham strung together a few nice plays. The loss dropped the Wolverines to 1-1 in region play.
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