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Archers Drop Season Series to Trailblazers

September 29, 2011

Megan Buerk  
Megan Buerk, shown in action against Mineral Area
College, played a strong match defensively against
Lewis and Clark. The Archers fell in three games to
the Trailblazers Sept. 28.

In the second volleyball meeting of the year between St. Louis Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College, the results were very similar to the two teams’ last meeting, particularly early. The Trailblazers rode a series of runs to cruise to a 3-0 victory over STLCC.

Lewis and Clark took the first two games of the match by scores of 25-15 and 25-18. The Archers were a bit more competitive in the third game, before falling 25-18.

“They’re solid,” STLCC head coach Johnna Kinney said of Lewis and Clark. “They’re a good serve-receiving team and they don’t make a lot of mistakes.”

Kinney made a few lineup alterations heading into the final game, which kept STLCC competitive early. The Archers opened up a 13-9 lead midway through that third game, before succumbing to another run by the Trailblazers as Lewis and Clark pulled away to close out the match.

Lewis and Clark won all six games in the two matches between the two teams this year. However, the Archers did make progress in some key areas. In their previous match, STLCC was overwhelmed by the sizeable middle-hitting tandem of Lewis and Clark. The Archers were much more competitive in this area the second time around, with middle hitters Chelsea Higgins (Festus) and Megan Buerk (Lindbergh) holding their own defensively.

“The front line, as far as blocks and defense, was fine,” Kinney said. “We still made too many unforced errors on our serve-receive, but the defense was much better.”

The Archers will now take off for their longest road trip of the season, as they prepare for a weekend of volleyball in Midland, Texas, before returning home to host Jefferson College next Wednesday (Oct. 5).