Milwaukee, WI: After playing Dayspring Bible College the night before Coach Spooner was hoping to see some real growth playing together. “This is the second week now playing after making major mid-season changes and it was very satisfying to see how we played against a tough Mt. Mary team and vastly improved Indiana University Northwest. We played together, our serve receive and passing was outstanding along with improved blocking. Both of these teams simply are better than we are but to be as competitive as we were was very encouraging as we enter into the final four weeks of the season.”
In the first match the Tigers came out strong against I.U.N.W. Redhawks, leading most of the first set but a superior offensive strength would prevail as the Tigers lost 18-25; 13-25; 18-25. “We were very scrappy today, coming up with great digs and pursuit of the ball as a team. We are finding ourselves as a team and our seniors really stepped up their play today. The Redhawks have a new coach and entirely different team than last year, so to play this well against another scholarship school is something to build on.” Coach Spooner said after the match.
The Tigers would keep up that play against the host Mt. Mary. “Mt. Mary is having one of their best years in school history. Coach Miller is an outstanding coach having rebuilt this NCAA III program in four years. Again we played competitively with several points making the difference in set and match momentum. We have to learn how to sustain leads and finish with confidence but I was encouraged again to see the team finally getting used to changes and playing together.” Coach Spooner said after the 3 set loss.
The Tigers travel to Kuyper College for a regional rematch and then play NAIA Rochester College Tuesday night at 4 and 6pm. Then finally home for the Tigers Classic tournament Friday and Saturday.