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Archers Lose Close Match to MBU

October 16, 2012

Abby Jaefer  
Abby Jaefer, left, digs this shot while Allayna Lowe is ready to assist in the Archers' three-set
loss to Missouri Baptist University Oct. 15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As has often been the story of the season for the St. Louis Community College volleyball team, the Archers held narrow leads periodically throughout their three sets against Missouri Baptist University. However, they were unable to hang on to those advantages, as the Spartans emerged with a three-set victory, winning 25-21, 25-22, 25-23.

“It’s kind of been our history all season,” head coach Johnna Kinney said of the narrow loss. “We’ve tried everything, and hopefully we’re just saving (the wins) for regionals.”

Trailing 15-14 in the final set, the Archers went on a 7-0 run to take what appeared to be a commanding lead. The Spartans, however, responded with their own 7-0 run to erase the Archers’ lead and emerge with the three-set win. Kinney called her final timeout of the match with the Archers still leading by one, but was unable to stem the Missouri Baptist momentum.

Kelly Hart and Meghan Buerk  
Kelly Hart, left, and Meghan Buerk team up for a block
in the Archers' three-set loss to Missouri Baptist Univer-
sity Oct. 15.

“In women’s volleyball, it’s a matter of the runs, and you try to stop them when you can,” Kinney said. “Usually it’s a ‘calm down, take a breath, think about what you’re doing.’”

Ultimately, however, the instruction was not enough to ward off the Spartans. The match was the first at home for the Archers this season, excluding the Pre-Region XVI Tournament Sept. 22.

After spending the first two-thirds of the season playing their matches away from Florissant Valley’s gymnasium, the opportunity to play in a familiar setting was a welcome change for the Archers players.

“It’s reassuring to be in your home territory,” said sophomore middle hitter Meghan Buerk (Lindbergh). “You know your gym, you know how the floor plays, you know if it’s hot or if it’s cold, and you have familiar faces in the stands, which is always reassuring.”

Also reassuring for the Archers is that despite finding themselves on the wrong end of many close matches to this point, the team has continued to play their opponents close, always keeping STLCC just a short run away from victory. Kinney, Buerk and the rest of the Archers are hoping the regional tournament, which remains three weeks away, will allow the team to peak at the right time.

“We’ve picked it up these last couple games, which is reassuring because regionals are right around the corner,” Buerk said. “I think that’s something everyone’s really excited about because something is finally clicking.”