Eagles show improvement with 2 wins
The Chadron State College volleyball team opened their season last weekend, posting a record of 2-2 while winning their first and last matches at The Bulldog Bash in Seward.
“We are an entirely new team from last year with only three returners, it’s going to take time to adjust,” Madison Webb, junior of Loveland, Colorado, said. “Overall it was a pretty good weekend, we did a number of things well but saw a number of things to improve.”
After opening the season Friday afternoon with a 3-0 victory against York College, York, winning 25-18, 25-18 and 25-23, the Eagles fell Friday evening to Concordia University, Seward, in four sets, losing 25-21, 23-25, 18-25 and 15-25.
Saturday morning, the Eagles fell to Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, also again in four sets, losing 25-22, 16-25, 21-25, and 14-25. They were able to rebound Saturday afternoon, beating the University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota, 3-1, with scores of 25-22, 11-25, 25-20 and 25-10.
Against York, Gaby Varela, senior of Dorado, Puerto Rico, led the Eagles, finishing with 14 kills. Webb assisted on 20 of the Eagles’ 43 kills, while Mickey Trimble, junior of Platte City, Missouri, assisted on 15.
An attack percentage of .08 doomed the Eagles against Concordia. Although Varela finished with 17 kills and Webb had 26 assists, they were unable to sustain their advantage from set one.
Northwestern College beat the Eagles in every stat category Saturday morning, despite Varela once again having double digit kills with 10 and transfer Andi Dowell, junior of Sterling, Kansas, marking 15 kills and 10 digs. The Eagles finished with their best attack percentage of the tournament, .273, in the loss.
While evening their record and coming home with a victory, the Eagles had possibly their best team performance of the weekend against the University of Mary. Dowell finished with 13 kills and 12 digs, Webb had 24 assists and 12 digs, and Emily Bruce, senior of Centerton, Arkansas, had 14 digs.
The Eagles are on the road again this week, as they travel to Joplin, Missouri, for the TownePlace Suites Invitation. They will face Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, and Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, tomorrow and Maryville University, St. Louis, and Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Saturday.
“We’re excited to face good competition again this weekend,” Webb said. “No game is going to be an easy win but we’re willing and excited to put in the work and do whatever it takes to be successful this season.”