Volleyball team battles early on in the season
Published: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 17:11
Head Women's Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington, in the first game of the season led the Lady Stormers into action at UW-Waukesha on September 5, 2008. Despite putting their best effort forward, MATC's volleyball team battled but still succumbed to defeat in their first match of the season. After a they suffered a devastating season-opening loss to Harper Community College, the Lady Stormers looked to bounce back in their second match against UW-Rock County. After another intense game they still slipped narrowly to defeat. Despite losing their first two games, Coach Blessington remained optimistic and did her best to keep grit and determination in the eyes of her squad.
Ever optimistic and with a new game plan, Blessington's Lady Stormers squad came out hungry for a win against UW-Waukesha, in this their third match-up in almost a week. Sadly, the Lady Stormers dropped a very close first set by a narrow two-point margin (25-23) but they blazed out to a huge second set victory (25-10) to pull even. Blessington cited the stellar communication and teamwork that the Lady Stormers utilized to get the win in that set.
The deciding third and final set was very competitive, and the Lady Stormers continued to work well as a team and came out victorious, defeating the Cougars 15-8. The gritty performance by the Lady Stormers pushed them to their first win of the season.
When interviewed after the game, Blessington said, "They (the Lady Stormers squad) did their best and did what was needed to pull out the victory and stop the early season losing streak.
They (the girls) did their best against Rock Valley Community College and Harper Community College, who where ranked number four (#4 ) and five (#5) in the country, respectively. However, they are still looking forward toward our conference games, and I hope the team can take the next step after that to make the regional tournament and hopefully the nationals after.