Great Falls High is running on a high after their comeback victory over their rival CMR last week. The Bison now have a ten day break before they take on Billings West. The Golden Bears recently beat the Bison in a close 3-2 matchup, and Great Falls High is ready for revenge. While some might say the break between games could be too much time, Head Coach Katherine Sunwall said they're using the time to focus on how to keep their win streak alive.
"As a coach, sometimes you're worried about 'is it too much time off?' But we've been practicing extremely hard," Coach Sunwall said. "That's our plan is to continue to work on things, but we're excited to take a little bit of a rest as well."
As for CMR, they have not had the same level of success this season as the Bison. The Rustlers currently sit at 4-9, which prompted Head Coach Theresa Besich to create goals for the team on a white board. The board reads '10 things that require zero talent' to get the team to understand a lot of their losses have been because of a lack of intensity and mental focus. That was something that did the Lady Rustlers in last week in the team's 5-set loss to Great Falls High - a match in which they dropped the final 2 sets. Besich and her players understand a change in attitude is necessary, so the mental aspect of the game gets up to speed with their physical abilities.
"If we focus on intangibles and things we can control then and things that we can do then eventually everything we feel will come into place," said Coach Besich.
"Yesterday was effort and we really wanted to focus in practice and work our hearts out and do everything we could to show effort and be part of a team," added senior outside hitter Trisha Carlson.