SAU Buzz

Women's volleyball looking to have a strong second half

by AJ Engelsen
Posted on Oct 04, 2018

The St. Ambrose Women's Volleyball team notched their first win in conference play on Oct. 25, against Robert Morris. They won in straight sets in front of a packed crowd at Lee Lohman Arena.

 

This first win in conference brings the record to 1-4 and 3-10 overall. The team is hoping for this to be a turning point in the season. The Bees have five freshmen who are regular contributors in the game, and Coach Kerr is hoping that they start to click with the system she has in place.

 

“We are looking for continued growth,” Kerr said. “We are looking forward to seeing some success.”

 

The Bees will start seeing more conference teams after playing a lot of of out-of-conference games. One of these out-of-conference games was against number 1 ranked Park University.

 

They had Park nervous during the first set, and the Bees won 25-23. The next two sets Park took control of the game winning both 25-13. The experience gained by having a top team on the ropes is something Kerr does not want the team to forget.

 

“We had opportunities to take the first set against them,” Kerr said. “We were really great at the service line. Our energy levels were really high. We made them a bit uncomfortable. It was exciting to see our girls push like that. That is the type of energy levels that they need every match.”  

 

Kerr also knows how important the set of games against conference will be. The month of  October will show how much the team has grown. They play four conference games and eight other games against conference opponents that will not count for the conference record.

 

“We really need to hit our strive,” Kerr said. “We need to start getting the job done because conference matches are the most important.”

 

The Bees have a promising future with the five freshmen who are seeing a lot of playing time, but also with how the team is only graduating three seniors. Coach knows how young and talented this team is but also realizes they need to play better together.

 

“We have a lot of new faces in the gym this year,” Kerr said. “It is exciting how young our team is. It is a very talented class of new players but they it takes time to get everyone on the same page.

 

The Bees will host three more games this month. They will play Oct. 9, against St. Xavier University, they will take on Judson University on Oct. 16, and finally Trinity International University on Oct. 23.