On Wednesday, September 4, the Spartans hosted the NIACC Trojans. After a rocky start to the match, the Spartans lost the first game 22-25. Motivated by the loss, the Spartans won the next three games outscoring the Trojans more than two to one.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington commented, "The game didn’t start out the way we wanted it to. NIACC really came out ready to play and did a good job executing on our mistakes. We picked it up in the next two games. I will say that we served very well tonight. Ashley Strong has done a great job serving for us all year. Molly Schimp and Shelby Sullivan had great nights serving for us as well. We did a great job hitting our zones which took them out of their offense. We really picked it up in the fourth game winning 25-5. We finally decided to have some fun playing and enjoying the game more. When we play like that, we are a fun team to watch and a hard team to beat."
The Spartans will travel this weekend to Highland, KS, for the Highland Community College Invitational Tournament.
In pool play at the Graceland University Tournament on Sat., August 31, Southwestern went 2-0. They played two Graceland teams to advance to the gold round of tournament play. In tournament play, SWCC faced Wentworth and finished the tournament beating Southeastern. Southeastern is in the Iowa Region as well. Southwestern handed them their first loss on the year.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, “We had great serve receive all day from Ashley Strong, Molly Schimp, and Serena Yong. They were able to give passes that Cassidy Yong could deliver to our hitters. At times we struggled with our hitting, but relentless defense was a key for us today. It is good for us to come in and win four matches. We need to build on those wins because we have some very good competition this week. Our team is really working well together as a unit.”
The Spartans will play next on Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. when they host NIACC.
The Spartans traveled to Boone on Wednesday, August 28 to take on the DMACC Bears. The Spartans started the match with some of their momentum from the previous night's home victory over DI Indian Hills CC. The Spartans kept the first game close (21-25) and won the second 25-22, but the momentum stopped there. The 11th ranked Bears took the next two games (16-25, 19-25) to win the match in four.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "We started the match out well. We had some great moments this match. However, we struggled hitting the ball in the last two games. We are continuing to improve and every game we get better."
The Spartans will next travel to Lamoni to compete in the Graceland Tournament on Saturday, August 31.
After coming up short in seesaw battles the first two games (23-25, 21-25), the Spartans fought back in game three to keep the match alive (25-21). The Spartans then kept that momentum through the end of the match winning games four (30-28) and five (15-6).
Head Coach Melissa Blessington commented, "This was a great game for us coming back from two down. We were close in the first two games and knew that we could beat Indian Hills. I love the fight that our girls showed tonight. This team really pulled together and helped each other push through especially in the fourth game. It was a great first home match for us."