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Archers’ Rally Comes Up Short in Loss to MBU
October 26, 2012
|The front line play of Alex McGlamery, shown blocking at
the net, and Meghan Buerk (12) helped the Archers rally
to take Missouri Baptist University to five sets Oct. 25.
The Archers’ latest attempt to rally to victory came up just short Thursday, as the St. Louis Community College volleyball team lost in five sets to Missouri Baptist University’s junior varsity.
In a show of the character of a team that has routinely picked itself up off the map through the second half of its season, STLCC rallied from a 2-0 deficit against the Spartans to force a fifth game.
After dropping those first two sets, the Archers rebounded quickly, and saw their front line of sophomores Alex McGlamery (Thurston, Ore.), Kelly Hart (North County Christian) and Meghan Buerk (Lindbergh) dominate their counterparts from MBU. The fourth set saw the Archers in control throughout, defeating MBU 25-15. But in the fifth and deciding game, the Archers stumbled with multiple hitting errors early, and a late rally was not enough, as the Spartans pulled away with a 15-11 win.
|Sophomore Kelly Hart also had an impact on the front
line for the Archers in their five-set loss to Missouri
Despite the loss, head coach Johnna Kinney remained encouraged by her team’s performance against a team that had defeated the Archers in three sets just a week ago.
“I’m really excited about their attitude, their fight and their intensity going into regionals,” Kinney said. “(Having) played them just a week ago, and then to see that they didn’t just lie down and die being down 2-0. They wanted every ball.”
The Archers recently have made late rallies their specialty, with their past two wins coming in five sets after trailing in each one. While their latest comeback was not completed, it is a continuation of a trend that began before midseason.
Thursday marked the last road contest for the Archers. The team concludes the regular season at home Monday against Lewis and Clark Community College. The Archers then will travel to Lee’s Summit, Mo., for the Region XVI Tournament on Nov. 4.