Grand Rapids, MI: The Tigers went into their first match against Kuyper College with high expectations knowing how important it was. “We knew this was very significant for seeding in the regional tournament. It was disappointing in how we showed a lack of effort at times and little competitive spirit. As coach its my responsibility to find a way in creating that desire to win every point. Obviously I didn’t do well in preparing the team as we should’ve and take full responsibility. Losing is contagious and a mind set we need to break out of.” A clearly disappointed Coach Spooner said after the match. Kuyper showed a much deeper intensity in every set winning in three.
Then the Tigers played NSCAA ranked Rochester College. And played significantly better losing in four sets but showing more competitive desire and teamwork. “If we can find a way to be consistent in playing this way with every opponent then we will find a way to win.” Coach Spooner said after. “It was good to get Nichole back after a two week absence due to injury, so working her into the line-up will once again create some change. But we are a better team with her. I was very proud of the effort and turn around we made against Rochester.”
On the night the Tigers offense was led by Joee Spooner and Naomi Kemper with a combined 18 kills. Joee had 11 against Rochester. Leslie Pumford had 8 kills. The Tiger defense was led by Joee Spooner with 11 digs and Naomi with 10. Jessica Ryan had 29 assists for the night.
The Tigers finally will have home court advantage hosting the Grace Classic this weekend. “I honestly believe getting to play at home and this weekend could be a significant turn around for us. At least that is how we are going to practice this week.” Coach Spooner said looking ahead to Friday’s matches against Great Lakes Christian and Emmaus Bible College.