EARLY — The Early Lady Horns’ first victory under new head coach Natalie Whitewood will have to wait.

In a back-and-forth contest, the Veribest Lady Falcons made crucial runs at the end of all three sets to collect a 25-21, 26-24, 25-22 victory over the Lady Horns Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.

“I felt like we didn’t play as well as we have been practicing,” Whitewood said. “The girls are being timid instead of confident that we can win. When we get the winning bug in our system, we will begin to dominate the competition. We have the talent and the hustle, now we just have to put them together.”

In the opening set, the Lady Horns opened an early 5-3 lead on a kill by Jenna Whitehead, but Veribest went on a 7-1 spurt to open a 10-6 advantage. The Lady Horns trailed by no more than four points the rest of the set, but couldn’t regain in the lead.

The second set saw the Lady Horns grab a 23-20 lead late thanks to a couple of Veribest service errors. A kill from Kacee Gober put Early on the brink of victory, 24-22, but the Lady Falcons racked up the next four points to steal the win.

Trailing by four points on multiple occassions during the final set, Early drew even at 20 on a kill by Hope Boswell and grabbed a 22-21 lead when Veribest was unable to return a serve by Lainey Speck.

But Veribest once again rallied with four straight points to secure the set and the victory.

The Lady Horns (0-1) will be back in action at the Albany tournament this weekend.