Playing two NCAA Div. III teams, the Tigers knew it would be a tough early season test of playing together. And it was! After a tough 4 set loss to Mount Mary College in the first match it took a couple of sets for the Tigers to find their hearts again with Findlandia, losing in three. The next day the Tigers set out to build on a higher standard of play from Friday and they did. Coach Spooner noted the Tigers improvement, though once again losing both matches. “In every set with Findlandia we were right with them until our own mistakes and their experience proved too much.”
With Mt. Mary, the Tigers actually led in every set but fell 3-1. Showing a strong front row defense led by Joee Spooner’s 6 solo blocks and 4 assists, the Tigers created some great rally’s with over 66 team digs led by Laura Melton’s 16, who also had 15 assists. Naomi Kemper had 9 kills/12 digs and Tabitha Ryan, Stefanie Miller, Amanda Wall, and Nicole Galbiscik with 9 digs each.
The Tigers open a three match home stand Tuesday against Mid-West rival Great Lakes. Coach Spooner is encouraged by the growth and looking forward to Home court. “We are working through adjustments and learning to play together because of our youth. It’s very exciting to see the level of growth each match. Our team just needs to learn to fight for every point and the value of great defensive hustle and determination. And once we learn that we will be a most dangerous team!”