A visibly disappointed Coach Spooner was very clear losing in four sets to Dayspring Bible College was not going to define this young team so early in the season. “I knew how Dayspring would play and most of our freshman class out of major high school programs have never seen anything like it. Plus the fact we perhaps took some things for granted after playing so well last night, really caused mistakes and we simply ended up beating ourselves.”
The Tigers lost the first two sets; 21-25 and 20-25. “We played well at times but just didn’t seem to have the same energy as last night. Credit Dayspring for putting the ball in places that seemed to disrupt our defense and cause some major mistakes in attacking.” Coach Spooner noted.
In the third set the Tigers showed some of the same character found against Great Lakes the night before by winning 25-17. Coach Spooner believed that would carry over into the fourth set as well but as in the first two sets the Tigers dug themselves a hole too deep to crawl out of. “We played harder and came from 8 behind to tie the match at 14 but mistakes simply cost us opportunities at the time we needed them most. We seemed rushed and panicked yet consistently dug the ball up only to have our attacks mishit for Dayspring points.” The Tigers lost the fourth and final set 18-25.
Overall though Coach Spooner expressed significant confidence for the future of this team. “We found out a lot about ourselves and not just in rotations or positions but as a team. There were times in every set where we played as one and found more of our identity. This has a great future ahead of it and it was just exciting to get out on the floor and play.”
Junior 6′ middle hitter Joee Spooner dominated the front row on both sides with 10 kills and 7 solo blocks. Naomi Kemper had 9 kills and 11 digs. Jessica Ryan also had 11 digs and 97 % serve receive. Leslie Pumford had 4 kills and four blocks.