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Sheridan Generals volleyball host their spring tournament this weekend

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College women’s volleyball team will make its first appearance of the spring season Sunday as the Lady Generals face the Casper Thunderbirds.

The Lady Generals will play three matches during the one-day tournament, taking on the Thunderbirds at 9 a.m., Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets at 11 a.m, and the Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles at 3 p.m. All matches will be two sets of 25 points and will be played at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome.

“The spring season is a chance for us to see improvement from the fall season,” Lady Generals head coach Jennifer Stadler said. “This helps us see if the athletes understand the game at a higher level.”

Stadler added that the spring season helps coaches break down each individual and help them improve either a specific area in their position or get rid of bad habits. The spring games also allow the team to figure out its leadership. Just like the regular season, the team practices five days a week.

Stadler noted that libero Jill Espeland of Douglas has good skills and now is working on solidifying that foundation.

“Reading and getting better at more the IQ part of the game,” Stadler said of Espeland’s focus. “She was a big impact for us this fall. I will be watching her during the season to see what improvements she has made.”

Two other players Stadler will keep an eye on for the spring season are Hannah and Paige Jernigan, who she said both made big impacts last fall.

“During the spring, I will be watching to see how much they have improved, see what leadership roles they will take on and see if they will be making any impacts for the team in the fall,” Stadler said.

The Lady Generals went 20-16 in the fall 2013 season, finishing better than years prior.

“I feel we ended on a good note,” Stadler said. “We have room for improvement but the program is going in the right direction now. We have talented athletes who are coming in the system and the competition is tough.”

Stadler added that the spring season gives her team an opportunity to improve as a group instead of focusing on getting better for the next week’s game.

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