posted on August 23, 2009 17:07
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Lady Yellow Jackets finished up the Carroll College/UGF Classic in Great Falls, Montana yesterday. First, the Jackets squared off against Co-host University of Great Falls on their home court. Both teams were equally matched throughout, as the match went all the way to five sets. The Argonauts stepped onto the floor ready to play early in the match downing the Jackets 13-25 in the first set. However, the Lady Jackets responded in sets two and three with better passing and offensive execution winning 25-22 and 25-21.
The difference late in the match ended up being the numerous service errors from the Jacket side. Twelve missed serves in the fourth and fifth sets proved to be the difference that marked the third loss of the weekend.
The second match of the day, and final match of the tournament for the Yellow Jackets was another hard fought battle against Rocky Mountain College. The Jackets came out looking focused, but a late run by the Battling Bears, gave Rocky the first set 25-20. Set two saw continuous lead changes until Maggie O'Neill found the hardwood with one of her 14 match kills to give the Yellow Jackets a 28-26 win. Set three didn’t go the Jacket's way as the Rocky offense played well and continued to use the block in their favor. After finding themselves again down two sets to one, the Yellow Jackets fought back in a nerve racking fourth set battle, fighting off three match points before outlasting the Bears 30-28 to push a game five. It was the composure and confidence earned from the intense fourth set that powered the Lady Jackets to a come from behind victory in set number five, 15-10.
"This weekend's tournament was definitely a tough one for us. Playing Carroll College in their own gym and then having to travel to Great Falls to play them on their home court was a challenge. We are disappointed in the start, because we felt we had opportunities to beat both Carroll College and Great Falls, but just didn't execute at key times in each of those matches. The main thing though, is that we got better every time we stepped on the court. It is still early in the season, and we are gaining confidence and finding out who can play with one another on the court with continuity and consistency," commented Head Coach Jhett Albers.
The Yellow Jacket Volleyball team will return home with a few days to prepare for their matches against some of the nation's top ranked teams in the Red Raider Tournament in Orange City, Iowa next weekend.