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Archers Volleyball Prepares for Postseason

October 31, 2011

Alison Walls-Lisi  
Alison Walls-Lisi was named to the all-MCCAC first

St. Louis Community College’s volleyball team couldn’t have picked a better time to begin building momentum.

With the Region XVI Tournament beginning this week at the Florissant Valley campus, the Archers are performing very differently from the team that struggled out of the gate earlier this fall.

The Archers defeated Suburban South College in four games, (25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23) in their final match before postseason play. The win helped wipe out the sting of two previous losses in the day, to Black Hawk East in three games (11-25, 22-25, 17-25) Prairie State, also in three games (16-25, 19-25, 18-25)

“That’s a real good way to head into practice for regionals,” STLCC head coach Johnna Kinney said. “It was a good confidence-booster.”

According to Kinney, not only do the Archers look more confident before games, but also during them.

“We’re hitting the ball a lot more aggressively,” Kinney said. “We’re aggressive instead of being cautious.”

Chelsea Higgins and Amanda Kearns  
Chelsea Higgins, left, and Amanda Kearns were
named to the All-MCCAC second team.

Others clearly took notice also, because the Archers recently had three players named to the MCCAC All-Conference teams. Sophomore defensive specialist Allie Walls-Lisi (Orchard Farm) was named to the first team, and sophomore hitter Chelsea Higgins (Festus) and sophomore setter Amanda Kearns (Lindbergh) were named to the second team.

The Archers begin Region XVI tourney play at 5 p.m. Friday, when they will oppose Cottey College. The Comets enter play at 5-20 on the season, and have struggled mightily lately. Combined with STLCC’s recent upswing, and Kinney is optimistic regarding the Archers’ chances.

“Cottey hasn’t won in a while, so they’re coming in down and we’ve been playing better,” Kinney said.