In it’s first home match of the season the Tigers defeated a scrappy Great Lakes team 3-1. A lot of emotion and nerves found them struggling losing the first match 25-19. But after a couple of great defensive plays by Tabitha Ryan and Naomi Kemper in the second set, the Tigers found their roar and won three straight on the new Aldrich Athletic Center’s floor.
“Our philosophy is passing, defense then attacking. We’ve been working hard on that in practice and tonight it showed with better defense at times and serve recieve as well as 19 aces.” Coach Spooner noted the different adjustments needed in the match as Great Lakes Senior Middle Hitter, Kara Kinder kept finding holes in the Tiger defense. “Once we made those adjustments in our defense you could see the teams confidence build and come together. It’s critical that everybody is commited to keeping the ball in play with hustle and determination.” Laura Melton led the team with 6 kills, 7 digs and 8 assists. Joee Spooner had 11 aces and 5 blocks, with Naomi Kemper showing great strength passing with 90% serve reception. Sophmore Karen Spykerman continued showing improvement at the middle hitter position with 4 kills and 3 blocks. Tabitha Ryan and Amanda Wall each with 5 digs sparked the confidence needed to push points to the Tigers first match win in two years.
The Tigers continue their home stand this Friday against Indiana University- Northwest at 7:00pm. Come see the change in Tiger attitude and love of the game. If interested in becoming part of the renewed Tiger tradition in volleyball contact Coach Spooner at firstname.lastname@example.org.