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STLCC Wins Three of Four as Postseason Nears

October 25, 2012

Jada Oliver volleyball  
Jada Oliver and the Archers get ready for the postseason
with victories in three of their last four matches.

Head coach Johnna Kinney had been waiting for a breakthrough like this for the better part of two months. She had seen her Archers volleyball team continually play its opponents close, nearing victory, and eventually succumb late.

That trend was reversed Saturday, when the Archers completed a pair of victories—a four-set victory over the College of Dupage and a five-set win over Augustana College’s junior varsity squad.

After a four-set loss to Black Hawk East, which included a narrow, 30-28 loss in the final set, the Archers rebounded with a win Tuesday against Region XVI foe Wentworth Military Academy.

“They’re starting to do everything that they’ve been taught and practiced, and that’s given them confidence,” Kinney said. “We had been practicing some of the problem areas, and on Saturday, they dug deep and they saw the results.”

These results are particularly encouraging, given that the Archers previously were winless since defeating Southeastern College on Oct. 5. The team followed its 2-1 showing at the Black Hawk East Tournament by defeating Wentworth 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, and 15-12. To be able to string together three wins in four games shows a degree of resolve from a team that Kinney has been waiting to see rewarded. The three wins in four games marks the best four-game stretch for the program in the past two seasons.

“It shows that they never gave up and got discouraged,” Kinney said. “They kept believing in themselves and their teammates. They didn’t get down after losing a lot. That speaks a lot, and it’s been good to see the growth, and I’m glad to see them getting the rewards.”

The Archers will get an opportunity to redeem a three-set loss to Missouri Baptist University’s JV when the two teams square off at MBU on Thursday. The team then will conclude its regular season slate with a home game Monday against Lewis and Clark Community College.

With the postseason looming less than two weeks away, the sudden surge by the Archers could not come at a better time.

“It was huge to break through and that’s fun to watch, because that hasn’t happened in the past,” Kinney said. “It says a lot that they’ve had to win the hard way.”