BUCKLEY — Laurie Glass has lost track of the number of regional titles her Leland volleyball team has won.
Yet all the postseason success the Comets have had over the years never gets old for the veteran coach.
“It’s always a new batch of kids and I’m always really thrilled that they get a shot and an opportunity to do this,” said Glass. “So every year is a good year.”
Leland made it three straight regional crowns on Thursday, sweeping Bellaire 3-0 in a Class D championship match, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22.
The Comets took each game, but it wasn’t necessarily easy as Bellaire played them tough in each of the three games. The Eagles used a fast start to lead most of the opening game, then stormed back from deficits to make the next two games close.
“When we control things on our side of the net we do well. When we don’t we’re in trouble, just like anyone else would be,” said Glass. “They were up I don’t know how many points on us (in the first game) — quite a few points. That’s what I said in the time out, ‘What’s happening right now is our fault. We’re making the mistakes. So that’s a correctable thing, as opposed to their doing something to us that we have to respond to. We need to relax and do our things better and we’ll be OK.’”
Leland, which trailed by as many as six points in the opening game, battled back to take its first lead, 17-16, on a kill by Noa Yaakoby, who led the Comets with 15 kills. From there they outscored the Eagles 8-2, but it was not the way the Comets had envisioned the contest transpiring.
“We didn’t expect any of what they had to offer,” said Leland sophomore Madison Trumbull, who had 10 kills. “We worked on tipping, but they had a lot more than we expected. We just adapted to it and eventually came back and won.”