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Archers Show Progress Despite 0-4 Showing at Lincoln College Tourney

September 11, 2012

Carrie Latimore  
Carrie Latimore

Steady progress for the STLCC volleyball team has been consistent, albeit slow, in the season’s first month. The Archers continued that trend last weekend at the Lincoln College Tournament. While STLCC lost all four matches, the results did not do justice to the continuing upward tick of the Archers’ performance.

In their second match of the tournament, a five-set loss to Elgin College, the Archers opened with a 25-12 win in the first set, but faltered to a 10-25 loss in the second set. They would also win the third set 25-18, before succumbing in the fourth and fifth sets 20-25 and 10-15, respectively.

STLCC also would push the College of DuPage to the maximum five sets before dropping the final set 7-15.

The progress certainly isn’t as swift as head coach Johnna Kinney would prefer, though by looking beneath the surface, the team has made strides, both by individuals and as a collective unit.

“What we stressed all weekend is that we are seeing so much good here,” Kinney said. “We have to stay focused on that and not dig ourselves into a hole we can’t get out of. They’re starting to figure that out.”

Kinney praised the defensive performance of freshman libero Carrie Latimore (McCluer North), who has established herself as one of the team’s most reliable defensive performers. Sophomore Meghan Buerk (Lindbergh) has also taken on a key leadership role in her second year.

“Meghan, both days, stayed aggressive,” Kinney said of the sophomore middle hitter. “It’s going to take all six players playing aggressively at the same time.”

In addition to the five-set matches against Elgin and College of DuPage, the Archers dropped three-set matches to Lincoln College and Southeastern Community College. This weekend completed a stretch of three consecutive weeks with tournaments for STLCC. The team will be back in action Wednesday (Sept. 12) at East Central Community College.