Volleyball team focuses on consistency

The Eagles have played on the road for two weeks in a row now, but this coming weekend the Eagles will face their first opponent on the home court.

The Eagles are currently sporting a 3-5 record.

This coming weekend the Eagles will play Metropolitan State College of Denver and Regis University, also of Denver.

“Being able to play in familiar territory for their peers and family members is motivating,” head coach Janel Baily said. “And I expect that to help the girls.”

This past weekend, the Eagles traveled to Colorado State University-Pueblo where they faced William Jewel College of Liberty, Mo.

And they spiked a win.

However in the matches against Wayne  (Neb.) State College, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., and Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo., the Eagles were served three losses.

In the match against William Jewel, the Eagles had a slow start.

The Eagles lost the first two sets, but they came around and won the last three sets to tally one victory for the tournament.

One place where the Eagles really excel is in their ability to compete as a team, Baily said.  She also commented that the girls “share the wealth.”

There were five Eagles with at least nine kills in this match against William Jewell.

Erika Roybal, junior outside hitter of Denver, paced CSC with 10 kills. Nikki Schmidt, junior right side of Merino, Colo., Alia Brennan, freshman middle hitter of Chadron, Jessica Jester, senior middle hitter of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Hanna Flaming, junior outside hitter of Benton, Kan., each finished with nine apiece.

“The team competed together well,” Baily said. “We had a very balanced attack. We didn’t have one hitter with 20 hits, but instead an equal showing from each of the hitters.”

In the match against Wayne State, the Wildcats swept the Eagles in three sets.

The Eagles held their ground better in the next two matches against Lindenwood and Southwest Baptist, playing two, four-set matches to round out the tournament.

Consistency is one of the main objectives for the team this season.

Baily commented on the team’s ideal consistency level.

“No (we aren’t there yet),” she said. “That is a work in progress. It is something that we will be working on for a while.”

Baily also referenced the statistic that it takes 21 days to form a habit. She said that the team has almost reached the 21-day mark and improvement in the team’s consistency should start to show soon.

Erika Roybal, junior outside hitter of Denver, dives for the ball during the Sept. 14, 2012, game against Metro State, Denver.  — File photo by Ashley Swanson

Erika Roybal, junior outside hitter of Denver, dives for the ball during the Sept. 14, 2012, game against Metro State, Denver. — File photo by Ashley Swanson

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