Lady Busters earn first win in McCook
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community College volleyball team finally broke through on Friday night in McCook, Neb., recording their first win of the short season in a straight-set victory over McCook Community College.
Final score was 26-24, 25-18, 25-22 in straight sets.
After losing in four sets (25-20, 25-22, 19-25 and 25-18) to Southeast (Neb.) Community College earlier, the Lady Busters had started the season 0-6.
The girls were "relieved," head coach Harvey Sanders said. "We struggled to finish. We made a lot of errors in the third set but corrected before we capsized."
The Lady Busters had really been struggling offensively in their matches — especially late. They had a poor .077 hitting efficiency percentage against Pratt on Aug. 28 in their conference opening loss. They improved that to .117 against Southeast and then finally to .172 against McCook in the victory.
It shouldn't have even been that close in the third set, Sanders said. The Lady Busters had 17 aces and 21 service errors — an issue that has plagued Garden City all season. Yet, 10 of those errors came in the last set as the Lady Busters tried to close out their first win.
"(Dominique) Mays was the work horse," said Sanders, noting her 25 kills and six aces in the seven sets on Friday.
The win was a big boost in confidence for the Lady Busters, Sanders said, who also said he expects nothing less than a sweep of two opponents today, the second day of the two-day tournament in McCook.
"We are better than Lamar and Eastern Wyoming lost to McCook," said Sanders about the team's scheduled opponents today.
Sanders has seen Lamar first hand after the Lady Busters lost to the Lady Runnin' Lopes on Aug. 23 in three sets.
"I think (a sweep) would make a huge impact on our psyche as a group," said Sanders. "Maybe help us get into predator mode."
That mode would be helpful not only tomorrow, but in the upcoming conference games in Cloud County on Wednesday, and at home against Barton County on Sept. 7.