Holding to a winning record at 5-4 after their matchups at Chapel Hill on Aug 29, the Lady Spartans have been battling it out this season in some very close games, only losing in straight sets to one team.
Head coach Shannon Wannemacher said she isn’t discouraged by the losses in any way and neither are her players.
“The season has been exciting so far,” she said. “We are a young team but quickly gaining confidence and experience. The girls have spirit and heart and give their all to the game and the program.”
As for their latest games against Chapel Hill and Villa Rica, Wannemacher said the girls eventually gave out and, after six long sets, they finished the night 1-1.
“Last night’s games were very tough. The ladies played very hard, but lost some energy towards the end of the night and we ended with a loss. We had more hits last night than any other game so far, so that was a big plus for us but of course we still have a few things to work on,” Wannemacher said.
She said the team is “pretty solid” with their passing. However, the one thing Wannemacher said the team is focusing on is improving their pace as she said they often second-guess themselves, something they don’t have time for while the game is in progress.
After the Chapel Hill and Villa Rica games, Wannemacher tallied up the stats and the top three statistical players were junior middleblocker Payton Seay, junior outside hitter, Rachael Thompson and senior right side Megan Blackstock.
Seay had 41 points, 19 ace serves, 16 blocks and 41 kills. Thompson had 67 points, 19 ace serves, two blocks and 16 kills. Blackstock has 47 points, 20 ace serves, two blocks and 12 kills.
While the Lady Spartans are still working on their speed, their strength is how well they work together and “truly” want each other and the team to succeed, according to Wannemacher.