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SMC Volleyball: Belles look to break losing streak against Adrian

Katie Heit | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saint Mary’s, which has fallen short in its last seven games, looks to break the streak with a victory over Adrian today.

The Belles (7-16, 5-9 MIAA) defeated Adrian (7-19, 4-9) Sept. 28 in a dominating 3-0 victory.

“They’re a tough team,” Belles coach Toni Kuschel said. “It’s really important for us to play our game if we want to win.”

Kuschel said the losses have been tough, but her team has played good volleyball in every match, keeping pace with many of the teams it has played. She said her players know what they need to do in order to secure a win against Adrian.

“They’re very aware that we had some tough losses last week,” Kuschel said. “They’re capable of so much more, so they’re looking to play their best volleyball [in] the last week of the season.”

The Belles are currently ranked sixth in their conference and have only two more games remaining in the regular season. Kuschel said she is looking for everyone to step up and perform to the best of her ability in the last two games.

Consistent leaders for the team have been freshman outsider hitter Kati Schneider, who leads the team in kills, as well as senior defensive hitter Meghann Rose, who has been a leader in digs in her four years at Saint Mary’s. Junior setter Danie Brink has also performed well this season and has earned nearly 100 assists in her last five games.

Through the losses, Kuschel said she has noticed that her team has been working to improve in every match, and the upcoming match will be a good indication of how far the team has come this season.

“We’re focused on what we need to do to get better every time we step out on the court,” Kuschel said. “We need to play our level of volleyball.”

The Belles will attempt to break their losing streak today at 7 p.m. at Adrian.

Contact Katie Heit at kheit@nd.edu