James said the greatest takeaway from the match came in the team's winning set versus the Highlanders.
"We got beat the first game and we were down, I think it was 10 or 11 points in the second game and I called timeout," James said. "I challenged them and talked to them about playing hard with heart and desire and giving everything you got.
"We came back and won that game 34-32, so I saw a lot of fight in the team. Even though we ended up getting beat the third game, a lot of positive came out of that and I think the team's belief level went up, realizing they can compete with some of the stronger teams."
Consistency in play will prove the difference for the Red Dragons this season, James added.
"If we come to fight and battle like we did that second game against Huntington being 10 or 11 down and came back and won that match the way 34-32, that's the biggest thing we have to do," he said. "We have to do that and be consistent in our play. Right now, we're up then we're down. The other night at times we looked really good, but at other times we looked really bad.
"We've got to get to the point to where we're consistent and one of the big keys is to limit our unforced errors and make other teams earn their points, do not give points away."
One thing, James said, that hasn't yet wavered is the team's desire.
"We've got girls who are hungry," he said. "They come to work every day and our goal is to get better every day in practice or every day we have a match. To this point we've achieved that goal most of the time and we just look forward to the future with volleyball."
St. Albans next plays host to a quad match with South Charleston, Riverside and Logan beginning 6 p.m. Thursday.