The volleyball team had a bittersweet weekend as they played back-to-back home games at White Auditorium Friday and Saturday. After falling to #5 Nebraska Kearney, the Hornets bounced back Saturday night to take Fort Hays, 3-1. Coming off the victory against Fort Hays, the Hornets traveled to Missouri last Tuesday, where they fell to the Missouri Western 1-3.
The Hornets started out the weekend against #5 Nebraska Kearney, despite both Carley Spicer and Brianna Kaiser having ten digs with .5 hitting averages, the Hornets could not get traction against the Lopers falling 25-18, 25-14 and 25-22.
After the loss to Nebraska the Hornets Hosted Fort Hays, despite losing the opening set, 25-21, the Hornets came back against the Tigers to take the next three sets 25-22, 25-21 and 25-20.
”I think our team played very well,” said junior right hitter and health promotion major. “We have been working very hard in practice and it was nice to finally get a win. The biggest key to our success is our strength at the net with both blocking and attacking. We have a strong front row and we used that to our advantage this weekend.”
Again, Spicer led the team in kills with 15 while Kaiser added a double-double of 12 kills and 15 digs
“I thought we played better than we had lately and really pulled together to win,” Spicer, a health promotions major, said. “And our key to success would probably be our blocking and our chemistry on the court. We get along on and off the court and I think that helps a lot. Like I said, we have great blockers and our setters do a good job at giving us good sets so us hitters look good.
For the second time this season, the Hornets took the court against Missouri Western. In the first match alone, there were five ties and two lead changes but the Hornets fell 28-26. After losing the second set 25-19, the Hornets held the lead the entire third set, winning 25-23, but could not keep the momentum. They fell, 25-23, in the third set. Bing Xu, head coach, said in an interview with Media Relations that the team just has to get past a mental block.
The Hornet volleyball team now prepares themselves for the MSSU Invitational this weekend. The Lady Hornets start the tournament tomorrow against South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, followed by Harding.