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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yesterday the Lady Yellow Jackets battled two nationally ranked teams in (#11) Bellevue and (#16) Dordt. Coming off of Fridays big wins, the Yellow Jackets faced two tough matches against formidable opponents. 

The first match of the day was against #11 Bellevue University where the Yellow Jackets struggled to get into a flow offensively throughout the match.  Statistically the Yellow Jacket attack fell below the .200 mark offensively which in turn put pressure on them defensively.   Despite their struggles, the Jackets blocked well and played the tough Bruin team tight in all three matches losing 25-27, 15-25, and 20-25.

“The first set, we really battled hard and were making some great adjustments.  We entered the ball well, and had our chances offensively,” commented Head Coach Jhett Albers. In sets two and three, we just couldn’t find consistency offensively and that made it tough to put the ball away,” added Albers.

The final match of the tournament for the Yellow Jackets also proved to be an exciting and close fight until the end.  Dordt ranked #16 was able to outplay Black Hills State in the first set as the Yellow Jackets fell 21-25. The second match had a much different outcome as the Lady Yellow Jackets led by Maggie O’Neill, Kayla Haines and Kristin Engle unleashed an arsenal against the Dordt defense giving the Jackets the match 28-26.

In sets three and four the ball just seemed to bounce in Dordt’s favor as the Yellow Jackets struggled to find a flow in offensive execution. Despite their struggles, the Yellow Jackets narrowly fell to Dordt in the final two sets, 20-25 and 25-27.

“We just gave them too many runs of 4 to 5 points at a time.  Some of that had to do with our execution in serve receive and some of that had to do with our offensive execution. Despite those inconsistencies, we still had an opportunity to win sets and came up short,” stated Coach Albers.  “We are very close to becoming a very good team.  We need more consistency in our execution, but we have the ability and our effort is definitely there.  This is going to be an exciting team to watch over the course of the season.  If we stay healthy and continue to improve, we will be a force by the conference season,” added Albers. 

Up next for the Lady Yellow Jackets is their home opener against NCAA Division II Chadron State on September 2nd, 7 PM at the Donald E. Young Center Gymnasium.

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