It’s been a good week for the Cougars. Starting off their season 2-0, the girls intend to use their momentum to propel them to more wins.
Tues, August 22 V.S. Clarke University
It was an important game for the Cougars as it was their first game contested on their home court, right here at the Shannon Center. Being in attendance at that game, I can say the atmosphere was energetic with the Cougar crowd expecting a win.
Thankfully, the ladies didn’t disappoint as they obtained a 3 set to 0 victory over Clarke (with scores of 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 respectively). Junior hitter Kate Bontrager led the game with 8 kills, while having an impressive hitting percentage 0.571%.
Friday, August 25 V.S. Midland University/Marian University
After starting off the season 3-0, the Women finally suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Midland University. SXU struggled to get their shots over the net as Midlands frontcourt was blocking what seemed like every attempt. Despite the loss, SXU quickly rebounded in their second matchup against Marian University that saw the two teams go five sets, which led to SXU winning the matchup 3 sets to 2.
I had the chance of talking to junior Alex Lambros about the win with her first words being, “hard fought”. This was not only said by Lambros, but visibly displayed as she had to stop to stretch off the soreness during and many times after the game. She even went as far as to wrap up body parts such as her toes, fingers, and knees to help with the general soreness.
When asked about the upcoming season, Lambros talked about the grind saying, “I know it’s going to be a tough season that will wear on me both physically and mentally, but I understand the sacrifice it takes to be a winner”. This seems to be the sentiment held by not only Lambros, but the rest of the team.
This is exciting to hear as it means that our women’s volleyball team is willing to do whatever it takes in order to set themselves apart from the other completion. And for Ms. Lambros although she’ll be sore the morning heading into her next game, she understands that’s the price she has to pay if her and her teammates want to become winners.
Saturday, August 26 V.S. Mount Mercy University/Bethel University
The second day of the tournament saw the Cougars start out with a 3 set to 0 victory over Mount Mercy. Front court players such as junior Alex Lambros, junior Helena Atton, and sophomore Rory Manion were dominating the other team racking up the kills and blocks.
In their second game V.S. Bethel, the Cougars once again won with a 3 set to 0 victory. Front Court player Helena Atton once again proved to be a key component to victory as she led the game in totals kills tallying up an impressive 10.
Once again, proving Lambros statement right in which this team is willing to do whatever it takes to become winners.
The Women return to action this upcoming Tuesday in a away game against Aquianas University. For a recap of that game and many other events and news happening around canvas, keep it locked here at the Xavierite.