The Huskies volleyball team looked to start their season with a win in a non-league match against Connell Thursday, Sept. 12, but ended up dropping the home opener 3-0. Head coach Shawn Shahan knew this would have been a good opportunity to build some positive momentum and despite the loss, said the intensity shown by the veteran team playing from behind for the majority of the match looks promising. "I'm actually extremely proud of my girls and they put up a really good fight," she said. "Intensity was the big one." In the first set, Connell pulled ahead early, but a nice scoring rally sparked by some solid serving from junior Elle Parris put Othello on top. This gave the Huskies a 20-17 lead at one point, but the Eagles fought back to tie it at 21-21. Shahan said this strong serving, along with some key blocks from players like senior Holly Fleshman, might have caught Connell off guard. "All it took was to get into Connell's head a little bit," she said. "By being loud, being intense and being pumped up every single play is the way to get into the other team's head and shut them down. We had some pretty big blocks in the first game and Connell was not expecting that." Connell once again took the lead, however, after taking a few timeouts and came back to earn the 25-23 win in the first set. It was close and Shahan told the team to remember the things they did right going into the second. "I reminded them that they could do it; look how they played in the first game," she said. "I still try to find the positives I can, point out one good thing the players have done and go from that." Connell once again took the early lead in the second set and the Huskies looked to some more of that consistent serving to get them back in it. It was strong all night - not enough to put them ahead, but Shahan said it was one of the many positive signs of growth she saw that night. "Our serving - we missed two serves and that was it," she said. "In three games to only miss two serves is phenomenal." Connell went on to win the second set 25-17 and carried that momentum into the third. They pulled ahead easier than before and Shahan called a timeout to make some lineup changes. She said it might not have worked the way she intended and noticed a few possible chemistry issues she would like to clear up as she and the team both get more comfortable working together. "Sometimes, as a coach, it's hard to get the right chemistry on the court," she said. "Trying to find the right chemistry of players requires them to complement each other skills-wise and ability-wise. I mixed it up a little bit and it might not have been the right mix-up, but we take that and we build from it." Connell didn't let up and took the final match 25-13. It was a tough loss, but based on what she saw, Shahan expects the team to have a good season if they keep this up. "As long as my girls play the game they know they can play, like the way they played tonight, we'll have a great season," she said. "No one is going to expect us to do that." Othello took on Grandview on the road Tuesday and travel to Wapato tonight for another non-league match. Results weren't available as of press time for either of these matches. Their only home match of the week is set for this Saturday at 11 a.m. against Kiona-Benton.