Volleyball team can’t seem to volley a win

Team loses 1st three in four-game home stand that ends Saturday vs. UCCS

The Eagles have had a tough time defending the home court, but this weekend they have another chance to prove their potential with one more game on the home turf Saturday against the  Mountain Lions of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Outside hitter, Hanna Flaming, junior of Benton, Kan., dives for one of her seven digs Friday against Metro State. — Teri Robinson

Outside hitter, Hanna Flaming, junior of Benton, Kan., dives for one of her seven digs Friday against Metro State. — Teri Robinson

The Cougars are sporting a 5-5 record to rival the Eagles’ 3-8 record.

Like the Eagles, the Cougars are in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which makes a win this Saturday a must for Chadron State. CSC is currently ranked last in the conference.

“The area schools picked us and we tied for dead last in the RMAC,” Coach Janel Baily said. “Our goal is to prove everybody wrong. We are going to compete for every point.”

Baily acknowledged that the Eagles compete in a tough conference and they play teams that challenge them.

Right side player, Nikki Schmidt, junior of Merino, Colo., sets the ball for one of her 13 assists against Metro State. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

Right side player, Nikki Schmidt, junior of Merino, Colo., sets the ball for one of her 13 assists against Metro State. — Photo by Ashley Swanson

“We are focused on competing every game, and there is not one team that we are looking to beat more than others,” Baily said. “We are going out to be as competitive as we can be. We play a very tough conference.”

It is clear that the Eagles have the intent and the motivation to prove to the other schools in the conference that they do not belong tied for last in the rankings.

This past week the Eagles competed against three teams on the home court and were handed three losses.

Baily described her thoughts about Tuesday’s game against Black Hills State University,  Spearfish, S.D.

“We lost in four sets, and it was very competitive match,” Baily said. “All the scores were very close, and I was proud of how the girls competed.”

Middle hitter Jessica Jester, senior of Cheyenne, Wyo., blocks a shot Friday against Metro State in Armstrong Gymnasium.  — Ashley Swanson

Middle hitter Jessica Jester, senior of Cheyenne, Wyo., blocks a shot Friday against Metro State in Armstrong Gymnasium. — Ashley Swanson

The Eagles were doing well, until the Yellow Jackets made a few adjustments that threw the Eagles off and rattled their confidence.

In the games against the Regis University Rangers of Denver, and Metropolitan State University, also of Denver, the Eagles had a balanced offensive attack, but it was no match for the other defenses, or enough to win. The match against Metro ended in four sets while Regis swept the Eagles in three.

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