Volleyball bumped with double-loss weekend

The Chadron State volleyball team suffered two more losses last weekend to the Colorado School of Mines Friday, and then to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Saturday in Chadron.

The volleyball team’s record this season is 1-12. Despite the discouraging numbers, Kristina Harter, sophomore libero of Colorado Springs, Colo., had a positive take on the team’s long term goals after the game Saturday.

“We have a very young team this year and even though we don’t have as many wins as we would like, we’re getting stronger every game and working together as a team to prepare to be a top team in the conference next year,” Harter said.

Chadron’s defense struggled against the Mines’ Holly Hutchinson’s .500 hitting percentage in Friday’s match, and Jackie Stabell’s 10 kills and .526 hitting percentage.

The team had a surge of momentum Friday night in the middle of the first set when they were down 10-11, but they quickly lost it when Colorado Mines pulled away with a five point run; Chadron had a hard time recovering their momentum the rest of the game.

Ashley Bargen, redshirt freshman of Chadron, and Skye Duncan, junior of Berthoud, Colo., both suffered minor concussions Friday night and were unable to play in Saturday’s game.

The Eagles lost in three sets against UCCS with a total of 26 kills and 32 digs. The attitudes on the court seemed much more positive during Saturday’s match. The crowd was more responsive to the players, but the energy level in the gym was still low.
The student body that did turn out for both of the games, did very little cheering for the team.

— Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

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