SMC Volleyball: Team heads to triangular
Bobby Graham | Friday, October 2, 2009
Saint Mary’s is not going to let a canceled tournament ruin their weekend, as they will instead head up to Anderson, Ind., to participate in a triangular along with Anderson and Transylvania Saturday.
Despite the fact that this was not their originally planned event, Belles coach Toni Kuschel emphasized the importance of this weekend’s matches.
“These are both non-conference teams”, Kuschel said. “But the wins will be important going into next week’s games against Calvin on Tuesday and Trine and Adrian next Friday and Saturday.”
Despite having won three of their last four conference matches, Kuschel said her team needed to refocus after a close game to rival Kalamazoo last Wednesday.
“My team needs to re-focus on getting back to the basics and having fun out on the court together,” Kuschel said.
The Belles hope to raise their overall record this weekend, which currently stands at 7-6, and take that momentum into next week in hopes of improving on a less than desirable conference record of 3-4.
Key players to watch in this weekend’s matches are freshman Stephanie Bodien and senior Lorna Slupczynski, both of whom are coming off impressive games in Wednesday’s win. Bodien had 15 kills, seven of which came in the first set, while Slupczynski led the team with 17 kills and 14 digs.
Saturday’s matches begin at 3 p.m.