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Archers Look to Regroup after 0-4 Start

August 29, 2011

St. Louis Community College’s volleyball team didn’t get the results it had hoped for this past weekend, as the Archers concluded their opening weekend matches winless in four tries at the College of DuPage Tournament.


When an encouraging performance in their season-opening match went unrewarded with a victory, frustration began to mount, said coach Johnna Kinney.


“The frustration was showing,” Kinney said. “They came in flat after the first one, and it just kept on building.”


That frustration became apparent to Kinney after witnessing her team play Illinois Valley Community College competitively despite falling in three sets. That loss set the tone for a disappointing weekend, with STLCC also falling to Lake Michigan College, Moraine Valley Community College and Harper College.


Kinney said she expected the Harper matchup to be a difficult one for her squad. The Hawks were perhaps the most-established program in the tournament, entering undefeated on the young season. Harper also was 28-18 a year ago.


While Kinney was disappointed by the tournament’s result, flashes of brilliance were apparent.


“We saw a lot of positive things and had some pleasant surprises out of girls that we weren’t expecting,” Kinney said. “We had a lot of good plays, but we were inconsistent. A lot of the inconsistency was a lack of focus.”


With the season still in its earliest stages, factors such as lineup continuity have yet to be ironed out.


“We’ve tried several different lineups, just trying to see what works,” Kinney said.


The Archers (0-4 overall) will look to reach the win column for the first time this year on Wednesday, when they travel to Godfrey, Ill., to take on Lewis and Clark Community College. Lewis and Clark also opened its season this past weekend, participating in the Kankakee (Ill.) Tournament.


“Last year, they (Lewis and Clark) were the strongest they’ve been in several years,” Kinney said. “We expect them to be tough competition, but not any tougher than what we saw this weekend.”