"I don't think we were ready to play," Hoffman said. "We have a really big game coming up and I think our heads were somewhere else."
The Cape Central Lady Tigers looked primed for an upset but couldn't quite hang on to stun the undefeated Lady Rams on Tuesday night where Scott City improved to 23-0 in a two-set sweep, 25-18 and 25-9.
The game that might have been weighing on the Lady Rams more than their game against Cape Central will be tonight against Perryville, who are 27-2 on the season
"It's the perfect timing," Hoffman said about their upcoming match against the Lady Pirates. "We need a really good, hard game. Win or lose, it's going to be humbling, we're going to learn from it and we're going to see what we're really made of. It's just important in every way possible."
Before their game against Perryville, however, Tuesday's woes began early for the Lady Rams in the first set, even after taking a commanding 4-0 lead to start the match. Errors on the Lady Rams' part was the biggest downfall when it came to the Lady Tigers taking a 14-8 lead.
"We were very sloppy," said Hoffman. "We were just going through the motions and there was nothing special out there."
Following a timeout, the Lady Rams went on a tear.
They quickly caught Cape Central after Whitney Froman tied the game at 16 with a kill while Katie Hogan gave Scott City the go-ahead score with an ace.
"Basically, I told them that 'we need to take control of the game'," said Hoffman.
From that point on, the Lady Rams allowed Cape Central just two more points until they coasted to a 25-18 win.
"We just started to attack and take control of the game," Hoffman said. "The first thing I told them before we started the game was that we had to take control from the beginning. We did the exact opposite."
Scott City rode that momentum into the second set starting with five-straight points from server Mikah Simpson. Simpson began the set with three consecutive aces and one kill.
"Sometimes we wait and see what the other team does and then we start to play," Hoffman said. "We've worked so hard the first half of the season to not let down in the second game. Now, we start slow and the second games we're flying through them."
The closest Cape Central came to threatening the home team was when the Lady Tigers narrowed the gap to 8-5.
Simpson led the Lady Rams with nine kills. Hogan added seven kills and four aces while Froman chipped in five aces and four kills.