Kansas City, MO- The Tigers finished the season with a 5th place win over Champion Baptist College in the ACCA National Tournament hosted by Calvary Bible College. “This was a good way to end the season and challenge the team for next year. There were components of our game executed very well and some of the old nemesis that reared it’s ugly head as well.” Coach Spooner said after the match. “With 7 first year players, I’m sure they have learned a great deal of what it really takes to be prepared at the end of the season. We set a high bar this year to reach the final four of the ACCA National Tournament, and even though we didn’t reach that level we saw what it takes and finished the season with a win.”
Joee Spooner led the Tigers with 11 kills and for the entire tournament went 33 kills with only 4 attack errors. Joee also had a combined total of 7 blocks. “Joee has been playing her best volleyball of her career over the last several weeks. This was an outstanding tournament for her and the team.” Coach Spooner noted.
Naomi Kemper had 7 kills, 21 digs against Champion Baptist and 3 ace serves. Tabitha Ryan also had 3 ace serves with Jessica Ryan leading the defense with 23 digs. Rayna DoBrodt switching to Outside Hitter for injured Nichole Galbiscek had a combined 13 kills for the tournament. Shelby Jamieson, had 64 total assists in the tournament along with 12 kills and 3 serve aces. Britteny Ramirez playing some of her best volleyball to date had 13 digs in the consolation match and 29 total for the tournament. Leslie Pumford had 7 kills and over 28 block touches for the weekend. Ashley Holcomb was also solid in the right side position.
The 14th win for the Tigers places them 4th on the all time win total in school history.
“We had high expectations for this year and what I’m most pleased about was ending the season with a greater understanding of who we are as a team and appreciation for the spiritual and life lessons this game has taught all of us. There was a great deal of finding ourselves during the year and at times when we put it all together on the court we had some great sets and matches. In all honesty I wish it was already next year and seeing how we use this year to reach that next level. I’m very proud of these ladies and how they represented Grace Bible College everywhere we went.” Coach Spooner said in summarizing this season.