Even though things didn't quite go as planned for the Mexico varsity volleyball team in its season opener at Southern Boone in Ashland on Aug. 27, the squad had a chance for redemption last Thursday at home in its initial North Central Missouri Conference contest against Kirksville.

Well, when it was all said and done, the Lady Bulldogs varsity and JV had both lost in two sets, but, even though moral victories don't count towards the league standings, that performance was much more impressive then just several days earlier, giving head coach Shayla Cox reasons to be optimistic.

"We came back against Kirksville last night and although both teams lost in two sets, we saw a lot of great things," said Cox. "Both teams battled it out last night and never gave up when there became a deficit in the score. The girls hustled to the balls last night, giving us more opportunities to be successful. Our hitters came in hot. Our middles commanded the net, our pins came flying in to have some big timely hits."

In regards to that season opening loss to Southern Boone in two sets on Aug 27, Cox felt as though part of the reason for that outcome was a lack of communication. She also felt as though the more time went on the more frustration and confusion her team was feeling.

"We have been working on some setter/hitter timing and that showed last night as our setter ran the court and put up some great sets for our hitters," Cox said. "We still have a long way to go, and serve receive and defense are our main focus at this point. It starts with a pass and we will continue striving to improve every time we take the court. Our Next game will be at Eldon next Tuesday (at 5:30 p.m.)."