We had a busy weekend last week, and I've been slow to catch up. We dropped our first match of the season, and first Conference match to a feisty Wesleyan team down there last Friday night. We came out a little flat, and traded points with them for a good part of the first set, which we had done several games already this year, but instead of finishing strong, and pulling through, we just couldn't quite muster the offense we needed at the crucial times, in large part due to our lack of defense. The second set we basically served them off the court, and completely dominated the set, but went back to our wayward ways for the next two sets. We dug ourselves holes, and then tried to climb out, or built a small lead, only to see it evaporate away. We've moved on...
The next day we took on Trinity, and controlled the tempo more how we wanted, and came away with a three set victory, and seemed to have bounced back to our stride. We added another match to that Conference Weekend, so we played Keene State right after Trinity, and changing gears seemed a little difficult for us as we dropped the first set to them before coming back strongly to win the next three sets for a 2-0 day Saturday.
MJ was named Co-Player of the Week for NESCAC for her efforts over the week which included stats such as averaging 5 kills/set, 2.14 digs/set, and hitting .365 for the week.
Last night we took on Skidmore here in Pepin, and handled them quickly and efficiently for the first two sets. We seemed to take a mental break, or we had a slight let-down in intensity, and as our defense faltered a bit, our offense seemed to leave, and we ended up dropping the third set to them. We bounced back in the last set to dominate again, but not quite as emphatically as we had in the first two sets after Piper had to sit down with an injury. Olivia was already out with the flu, but Hannah had stepped in nicely to play that role, and then Gabi stepped up to play in Piper's rotation. We've talked since the first day of practice about our team depth, and how important that is, not just for competitive practices, but in case the need arises to use that depth. We'll face that challenge now head on as we take on Amherst and Williams at home this weekend!
It's Fall Family Weekend, and I think every single player has at least one parent coming, and several have multiple family members coming, so it should be a very exciting weekend! We're anxious to take on these two Conference rivals, and happy to be home to do so. We should really see where we stand this weekend, and we're looking forward to the fun of the challenge!