Volleyball struggles at the Pioneer Classic, prepares for OAC play

September 29th, 2011

The John Carroll University women’s volleyball team had a subpar past weekend in Marietta, but will look to rebound with numerous Ohio Athletic Conference competitions coming up on their schedule.

After being swept in three games this past weekend at the Pioneer Classic hosted by the Marietta College Pioneers, the Blue Streaks will now look to regroup as a team as they head into the last 10 matches of the regular season.

Coming into the first game of the Pioneer Classic, the Blue Streaks sported a record of eight wins and six losses on the season. Unfortunately for JCU, the Blue Streaks would end the weekend with an overall record of eight wins and nine losses as they were swept in three games by Marietta College, Washington and Lee University and Geneva College. With the Blue Streaks now on a four-game losing streak, this marks the first time this season that JCU has had a losing record.

In the team’s first OAC match of the season against the host Marietta College Pioneers, the Blue Streaks struggled to find their groove on the court and were swept in three straight sets, losing the match 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-10).

Unfortunately for the Blue Streaks, their struggles on the court continued for the duration of the weekend, as they also fell to Washington and Lee University by a score of 3-2 (25-16, 25-9, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11) and Geneva College by a score of 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-15).

“We need to relax and just play. We need to find a level of play where our intensity is still high on the court without playing uptight and tense,” said senior Kerry Fox. “We can’t pick and choose when we want to have a good game; our defense needs to be scrappy and our hitters need to put balls away.”

As the Blue Streaks head into their last 10 games of the 2011 regular season, they must have a short memory and forget about their difficult weekend in Marietta.

“Whether we win or lose, it’s on all of our shoulders, and sharing that collectively helps us stick together. We pick each other up and keep encouraging everyone, but there’s only so much talking we can do,” said Fox, who assumes a leadership role on the team as a senior. “Actions speak louder than words and we need to translate what we talk about with the team onto the court.”

The Blue Streaks’ next match is  Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the DeCarlo Varsity Center here at John Carroll University against rival Case Western Reserve University at 7 p.m.