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SMC Volleyball: SMC follows victory with first home match

Bobby Graham | Thursday, September 24, 2009

After a rough start to the conference season, the Saint Mary’s responded strongly after a weeklong break by blanking conference foe Olivet three sets to zero.

Belles coach Toni Kuschel was excited about the win and its impact on the team.

“We are very happy with the conference win,” she said. “We all feel really good about it.”

Tonight, the Belles look to continue that pace as they face off against Manchester. “They are coming of a tough weekend at the Aurora tournament,” coach Kuschel said. “This is their first home game so they will be looking for a big win”.

The Belles will need help from their leaders that stepped up in Tuesday’s win. Senior Lorna Slupcyznski, junior Andrea Sasgen and freshman Stephanie Bodien each had strong performances against Olivet. Slupcynzski posted 10 kills and 10 digs while Bodien and Sasgen had nine kills apiece.

The Belles (5-5, 2-3) look to make it two in a row tonight, putting their overall record above .500 for the first time since Sept. 4.

“A win tomorrow would be great,” Kuschel said. “However if we play to the best of our ability and we communicate well on and off the court I believe the wins will take care of themselves.”

Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.