Centennial Perfect 5-0 Day At Kell Play date, Improves to 12-9
Heading into Saturday’s play date hosted by the Kell Longhorns, the Centennial Knights were below .500 with a 7-9 record, but thanks to their 5-0 performance on the day, the Knights were able to improve to 12-9 on the season. During Saturday’s performance, the Knights only loss one set, which was during their match up with Central (Carrollton). During their match up with neighboring Roswell, the Knights found themselves playing from behind in both winning sets and for Centennial head coach, Ada Franklin, “passing and communication” were areas that the Knights needed to address throughout their match ups. “We have not played our game yet,” Franklin said after their win over the Hornets. “We’re playing complacent and I’ve said if you keep playing like this, you’re not going to be as successful as you want to be. So we have to think about the teams that we play really strong against, that’s how we need to play,” Franklin said, adding, “if we have them down, keep them down.”
Host Kell, would have the second best record of the play date as they would go 4-1 on the day, with their only loss coming at the hands of Centennial. They fell to the Knights 2-0, but Saturday’s performance would help the Longhorns improve to 12-10 on the season. Kell’s only other set drop would be in their 2-1 win over Roswell. During their match up with Dalton, the Longhorns had an impressive 16-3 run in set two of the match as they would go on to win 25-20. For Kell head coach Joe Auriemma, having to come from behind was simply telling his girls to “slow it down a little bit.” Auriemma added that he reminded his players to work on better passing and for them to “not get out of system.” “I’m proud of them for coming back and winning games like that because we’ve had some struggles with that this season,” Auriemma added.