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Archers Make Big Strides Despite Loss

September 22, 2011

Chelsea Higgins and Amanda Kearns  
Chelsea Higgins, left, and Amanda Kearns set up
to block against Mineral Area College in action
Sept. 21. The Archers lost the match in three

While the St. Louis Community College volleyball team’s three-set loss to Mineral Area College Wednesday may have been a similar result to its loss to East Central College last week, the path to that result was much different.

Against East Central, the Archers dropped all three sets by a 25-14 margin. They were much more competitive this time around, falling to Mineral Area 25-22, 25-20 and 25-13.

The improvement in performance was due in part to the team’s first weekend off this season. With a team full of players nursing nagging injuries early in the season, STLCC head coach Johnna Kinney gave her team the entire weekend off to recover. Early returns show that move to be beneficial.

“They came in relaxed and focused,” Kinney said. “I think they came in with a lot more confidence.”

The Archers (2-14 overall) gave Mineral Area, an NJCAA Division I program, all it could handle in the first two sets.

“They got a little bit tense heading into that third game,” Kinney said. “At least we’re aware of what it was. Before, they hadn’t been able to figure out why things happen.”

Despite their struggles early this year, the Archers have managed to maintain a positive atmosphere throughout the team, making these types of strides a bit easier to handle.

“This is a good group of girls,” Kinney said. “They really enjoy being here and we enjoy being here with them. That helps a lot.”

The Archers will look to translate that positive outlook into victories this Saturday when they participate in the pre-Region XVI Tournament. The team’s next home match is Wednesday, Sept. 28, when the Archers host Lewis and Clark Community College. The Trailblazers defeated the Archers in three sets in the two teams’ only meeting this year.