BREAUX BRIDGE — It’s no secret that in sports, coaches and their teams want to win more games than they lose.
While the case is no different for head coach Laurie Simon and her Breaux Bridge Lady Tigers’ volleyball team, they can appreciate the two losses they endured to open the season.
Not only did the two losses lead to a team meeting that brought them closer together, but the Lady Tigers have not lost a match since then as they’ve won 14 in a row to improve their record to 14-2 on the year.
“From where we started the season to where we are now has been a complete (180),” Simon said. “We could have easily fallen apart after the 0-2 start, but they came together and said ‘no, we’re better than this.'”
In their 14-match winning streak, the Lady Tigers have beaten some of the more successful teams in the Acadiana area in Carencro, Iota, Acadiana and New Iberia twice.
“I’m not surprised that we have won 14 matches in row,” Simon said, “because we’re talented enough to win 14 matches in a row. I’m surprised that it has happen so quickly in the season. I’ve never been a part of a team that has won 14 matches in a row and I’ve coached some pretty good teams.”
Everyone knows about the talent the Lady Tigers possess which is highlighted by 6-3 middle hitter Taylor Alexander and 5-11 Jada Broussard, but the biggest contributors to Breaux Bridge’s streak has been senior setter Natalie Morck and freshman Caitlin Davis.
“Natalie has been the difference for us right now,” Simon said. “With the way that she’s been distributing the ball has been outstanding. She is doing a great job of setting the kids that we need to set and it has made a big difference.
“With Caitlin, we can shank a pass and she runs it down,” Simon said. “There is no ball that is out of play when she is on the floor. We can make a bad pass and because she is so athletic and fast she can run it down and put it back in play for us. Natalie and Caitlin have done a great job for us.”
Although the Lady Tigers have put together an impressive run of victories, Simon isn’t concern with her team becoming overconfident or complacent.
“This team is starting to figure that they are good, but they still don’t know how good they can be,” Simon said. “Because we were beaten so badly by Barbe in that first game of the season, it is still fresh in our minds. I’m not worried about us being too confident at all, because this team knows what it feels like to lose. That’s why I believe starting out 0-2 was better for us than had we begun the year 16-0.”
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