The Doane volleyball team went 2-2 this past weekend at the Bellevue Labor Day Classic tournament. The tournament started Thursday evening when the Tigers played Montana Tech of the University of Montana, losing 1-3.
“I thought we showed much improvement already from our first weekend of play,” said senior captain Allison Kuenle.
Kuenle said the team struggled with consistency, she feels that there is a lot to look forward to in the season.
“For future games I think if we can start out each set with lots of energy and take that momentum throughout the rest of the match we will be a very competitive team” said Kuenle.
On Friday, the Tigers split their games against McPherson College and Lawrence Tech, winning 3-0 and losing 1-3, respectively.
Kunele recorded 16 kills against McPherson.
“Our motto has kind of been to focus not on perfection but rather progress, and as I mentioned earlier I’ve already seen so much progress from our first weekend of play to now that I think we can just continue to raise our level of play as the season continues. For us it’s important that we focus more so on our side rather than our competitors,” said Kuenle.
“The struggles we had this weekend were communication and consistency with serves but those are improvements that are fixable with practices. These struggles are very easy to overcome and I know the team will overcome them and be stronger from them.” said junior Madison VanHousen.
The final day of the tournament had the Tigers win in 5 sets, going into a fifth set tie-breaker to seal the victory 3-2. Kunele and Vanhousen had 25 kills and 16 kills each.
“I am excited about this season and I think everyone should come out to support us. We are working hard every day and it's going to pay off in the end,” said VanHousen.
The Tigers are set to play at Midland, Wednesday Aug. 4 at 7:30 P.M. then travel to Livonia, Michigan for the Julie Martin Memorial Classic this weekend.