GCCC soccer, volleyball teams fall
By BRETT MARSHALL
It was a sluggish start and not a good finish for the Lady Busters' volleyball team on Wednesday night, as they fell in straight sets to the Seward County Lady Saints in Liberal.
The Lady Busters dropped sets by scores of 25-8, 25-10, 25-20, and coach Harvey Sanders said there wasn't much to be pleased with about the entire night.
"We didn't even have a finish," Sanders said after being asked if the closeness of the final set indicated any progress during the match. "They took their good players out. We just made too many errors to be competitive."
Sanders said of the 75 points the Saints (9-7, 3-1) scored, 37 came off errors made by his squad.
"It's kinda hard to be successful when you give up half the points the other team scores," Sanders said. "I thought we had been making some progress, but this is obviously a setback for us. When we get back, we'll try to hammer some things out and get better."
Sanders bemoaned the fact that for the third straight week, the team had a full seven days between matches.
"It's hard to maintain any momentum when you have that much time off," Sanders said. "Nobody played well. I cleared the bench, and everybody played. I was trying to find a lineup to produce some efficiency, but I never found that."
The Lady Busters (2-12, 1-5) have another week to prepare for their next match, that coming on Wednesday at Colby.
While the Lady Busters were receiving the news earlier in the week that they had won a game via a forfeit from Cloud County, interim coach Hector Martinez was hoping the Wednesday trip to Hesston would provide the team with its first on-field victory of the season.
And despite continued improvement in many areas on the pitch, the Lady Busters returned home without that big win, falling to the previously winless Lady Larks, 4-0.
The loss dropped the Lady Busters to 1-5 overall as they return home for a 2 p.m. Friday encounter with Allen County at the GCCC Athletic Complex.
For Martinez, the game showed a marked improvement in key areas, but not the critical one of making shots on goal.
"I think we improved where we are playing with the ball more and we're in better position," Martinez said.
The Lady Busters had eight shots against Hesston's 13, and their best chance at scoring came when Deydi DePaz found Kendra Huddleston in front of the goal. Huddleston's 1-on-1 shot just went over the crossbar.
Hesston scored twice in each half, getting goals in the 26th and 35th minutes and the 68th and 73rd minutes in the second half. Hesston finished with 13 shots against goalkeeper Daniela Puente.