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Volleyball: Bishop McLaughlin gets win, earns critiques

SPRING HILL - In the overall scheme of things, Doug Chinchar just wants his team to get better. Wednesday night's 25-14, 25-13, 25-12 win at home against Academy at the Lakes wasn't exactly what the first-year Bishop McLaughlin volleyball coach wanted, but it's a step in the right direction. Chinchar, known as a perfectionist, continued to play that role Wednesday. Even on a searing Jess Johnson kill that gave the Hurricanes (7-8) a 7-5 advantage, Chinchar was dolling out critiques in rapid fire fashion. "We're teaching the kids to move the way the game works," Chinchar said. "(Some) of the girls don't realize, yes, the ball went up to Jess, but something didn't happen. These other girls have to be ready and they're learning how the game works."
Johnson, who finished the game with 15 kills, understands the way Chinchar ticks and hopes it is filtering throughout the Bishop McLaughlin lineup. "I'm kind of use to it now," Johnson said smiling. "We could play the best game of our lives and he'll still say we need to work on something. There's always something we have to work on. So when he says that to me, I understand I may have done something wrong even though it came out good. People see what the outcome is, but they don't see (what it takes) to get to it." Johnson didn't just stand during her monstrous offensive attacks, she also helped with her serve. In Game 1, the junior collected four aces at one point, pushing the Hurricanes out to a 12-2 advantage. As easy as it could have been to just wither away, the Wildcats (2-7) didn't just give in to the taller, springier Bishop McLaughlin group. Academy of the Lakes went on an 8-1 run in Game 1, cutting the deficit to 13-10. Unfortunately, it was short-lived as the Hurricanes eventually pulled away. Games 2 and 3 started off and ended in very similar fashion. The games were close and at times seemed as if it could swing the way of Academy at the Lakes, but Bishop would benefit from hitting errors or a Johnson kill or a decent serving run to distance themselves. "Honestly, we definitely fought in this match," first-year Wildcats coach Stephanie Turner said. "We catch up like that and we play well as a team and then we make mistakes that we need to get rid of - letting balls hit the floor, getting aced, unforced errors, hitting balls out of bounds. It's just miscommunication mistakes and our big thing is focus."

Reporter Eddie Daniels can be reached at (813) 259-7066. You can also follow him on Twitter @edanielsjr.

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