Springfield, MO: After a disappointing opening day Coach Spooner wanted to see how the team would respond to adversity. It would be no small task taking on the 3rd ranked NCCAA Div. II Knights of Kentucky Christian. “This takes me back to the mid 90′s when we were in the same region as KCU and constantly battled them in regional finals. Then we were the dominant team in the region winning 7 straight titles and now KCU has won 8 straight Mid-East regional championships. Coach Bruce Dixon and I are great friends and I have the utmost respect for their program. This will be a good test for us.” Coach Spooner noted.
The Tigers started strong with balanced attacking and strong serving. Two things missing the previous day. Up 12-6 the Tigers found out why KCU is ranked so high, allowing the Knights to come back winning the first set 25-21. “We competed, and I was encouraged by our response to the previous day’s disappointment. But if we don’t learn how to start like this every match it will be a long season.”
Kentucky won the second and third set 25-7; 25-14. “It was good to get some players in who haven’t been able to play much during the year and I was very pleased with how well they played. This improvement on their part will certainly be a great asset to the team as the year progresses.”
Tuesday the Tigers travel to Detroit and take on the Marygrove Mustangs.