Lady Busters dropped by Colby
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
Two steps back, one step forward.
That's what the last week has been like for the Garden City Community College volleyball team, head coach Harvey Sanders said.
After a lackluster straight-set loss to Seward County on Sept. 18 — which was a big step back, Sanders said — the Lady Busters turned around to take on an undefeated Colby squad on the road Wednesday. Even though Garden City dropped the match 3-1, Sanders thought it was at least a step forward.
"I think we started back in the right direction," the first-year coach said. "Colby is the best team in the conference, and they deserve to be. They do a lot of really good things."
Sanders said the Lady Trojans (6-0, 13-4) were averaging nearly 20 kills/aces per set, forcing opposing teams to nearly be perfect to win.
The Lady Busters (2-5, 3-12) weren't perfect on Wednesday. The Lady Trojans easily won the first set 25-14. Garden City responded with a close 25-23 win of their own as they limited their errors.
"We battled and played smart in the second set," Sanders said, "and we were successful. The other three we just weren't plugged in."
Colby routed the Lady Busters in the third, 25-9, and then won the match-clinching fourth set 25-18.
Sanders said it was partly errors made by the Lady Busters — something they have battled all season to improve — but it was mostly "Colby making plays" that led to the win, despite the efforts of sophomore Taylor Winchester and freshmen Nohelly Brown and Abby Rennick.
The 5-foot-9 outside hitter Winchester led the Lady Busters with nine kills, while the 5-8 Brown led with 11 digs and the 5-6 setter Rennick had a team-high 16 assists.
The Lady Busters originally were scheduled for a week off before traveling to Pratt on Oct. 2, but recently scheduled a triangular on Saturday in Hesston with Redlands (Okla.) and Hesston.
Notes: On a day where the Lady Busters lost to Colby, Garden City picked up a win from earlier in the season. Due to certifying too many players for the match, Pratt had to forfeit its Aug. 28 win over the Lady Busters, raising Garden City's record to 2-5 in the conference. Next home match will be Oct. 5 vs. Cloud County.