Lady Busters volleyball drops 2 to open season, play 2 more today
By J. Levi Burnfin
Opening the season on the road in Lamar, Colo., the Garden City Community College volleyball team lost their first two matches of the season to Otero (Colo.) Junior College and Lamar Community College.
The Lady Busters were solid on defense, successfully returning 98 percent of the serves they faced, but failed to keep a consistent pressure on offense. The Lady Busters led in five of the seven sets they played in the two matches, but the lack of a steady scoring threat led to losing those leads.
"We played good at times," said new head coach Harvey Sanders. "We just kind of made too many errors to be successful."
Those errors were evident in the four-set loss to Otero and the straight-set loss to Lamar. Set scores were not available at time of press. The Lady Busters were plagued the most by their serving, missing on almost 20 percent of their serves, Sanders said. The inconsistent serving allowed Otero and Lamar to rally in sets they were trailing and to build sizeable leads when ahead.
"Efficiency is the name of the game and we just didn't do that well," said Sanders, who also noted several bright spots he saw.
Chinasa Ekweariri had several of those moments, with a .308 hit percentage in 13 attempts, scoring seven kills. He also noted bright moments in Bailey Eve's and Dominique Mays' day.
"We weren't really out-matched, we were just kind of outplayed, which is extremely fixable," said Sanders. "Most of what we need to do deals with being individually accountable."
Sanders and the Lady Busters will find out if they were able to fix those errors by today as they have two more matches in Lamar, the first at 11 a.m. against Laramie County (Wyo.) Community College and then at 3 p.m. against Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College.