Piedmont trailed by around five points most of the third set before tying the game at 24. Needing to win by two, the Bulldogs just couldn’t finish the set.
“I got a little bit worried because, of course, I want them to win in three, and they should have,” said Piedmont coach Grace Strott. “But I don’t panic, and I don’t think the girls panic either.”
The Bulldogs responded with the same demeanor they played the first two sets, with Breanna Thompson finishing the match with 20 kills, 13 digs, six aces and a block, as they ended Cordova’s season and advanced to tomorrow.
“Whenever they lose, they come out and play better,” Strott said. “If you look at our Saks match, we won the first, third and fifth set. This match was just like White Plains. We’d come out on fire the first two sets against White Plains and were down seven in the third match and came back and won it.”
Brittany Holloway finished with 39 assists and 10 digs, and Torre Roberts added 11 digs as the Bulldogs will face Danville tomorrow morning at the Von Braun Center, South Hall in Huntsville for a harder challenge against a familiar foe.
“Danville puts us out every year,” Strott said. “I think the expectations are high for tomorrow morning for the girls. I don’t know what it’s going to take, but I know we can’t do what we did against Cordova in the third set.
“(Danville is) just good all the way around. They’re good at outside and middle. They have two really big hitters. With Cordova, they just had one hitter to go to, and Danville has a lot more hitters to go to.”