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Archers Struggle to Find Comfort Zone

September 04, 2012

Meghan Buerk  
Meghan Buerk

Johnna Kinney has no questions regarding her team’s ability. The Archers’ volleyball coach has seen that ability demonstrated in multiple games early this season, but has yet to see it sustained over an entire match. Because of that inconsistency, STLCC has dropped eight straight, including two in which they held early leads.

In their most recent tournament, at Lincoln Land Community College, the Archers dropped matches to Lincoln Land, Joliet College, Lakeland College and Rend Lake College. The match against Joliet was the most frustrating for the Archers, as STLCC jumped out to an early two-set lead, before dropping the final three sets. Kinney points to a recurrence of shaky play once the score narrowed.

“We lost to Lincoln Land because they were the better team, but we were up two sets on Joliet, and lost because we when we gave up a few points, we tensed up,” Kinney said.

Kinney said she looks to the team’s veterans, particularly sophomore Meghan Buerk (Lindbergh), to provide the leadership needed for the team to overcome its struggles in mental approach.

As a silver lining, the Archers’ success early against Joliet was again a reminder of the team’s ability to perform when unhindered by the challenges of a close match. Kinney and assistant coach Debbi Bronder focused on those successes following the tournament.

“We can see what they can do when they’re not playing timid,” Kinney said. “When they were on for those two sets, they were good. We tried to emphasize that after the tournament.”

The Archers will look to take on a more aggressive style of play in their next tournament, when they travel to Lincoln College on Friday and Saturday.