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PLYMOUTH â€” A little enthusiasm can sometimes go a long way.
Plymouth showed that Tuesday as the Lady Pilgrims stayed up after a third-game loss to visiting John Glenn, rebounding quickly to put their guests down early in the fourth game and hold them off for a 25-12, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16 victory at The Rock.
"I let my assistant coach talk to them. That was the difference. Whatever she said got them fired up," laughed Plymouth head volleyball coach Walt Pickerell. "No, she just said hey, you've got to step it up here, you've got to get your enthusiasm going and come back and take it to them. And they listened to her and followed her so that worked out well."
"We start out the season pretty tough with Penn and LaPorte, and they kind of got down on themselves and tens," he added. "They've been trying to work on just being aggressive and being enthusiastic and put a smile on your face and play with enthusiasm, and we talk about it enhancing your performance. They're beginning to buy into that and getting better and better as we advance into the season."
According to John Glenn head coach Merly Mears, that concept has been one his own team has been struggling with, and he agreed it was a difference-maker for his team as well Tuesday.
"One of the things we've talked about is staying up when we're down," he said. "Sometimes we're not even up when we're ahead. It's just a group of girls that that's how they react. That's what we talked about when we got down is staying up all the time, trying to have all that confidence."