SHERIDAN — After two tournaments of play, Sheridan College volleyball sits at 3-5 on the season.
The Lady Generals will play at home the first time this season against Dawson Community College at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome 7 p.m. Thursday followed by two home games Friday and Saturday during the Volleyball Classic hosted by SC.
Lady Generals’ head coach Casey Quiggle said the team could have been sitting at 4-4, thinking the team could have beat at least one more team last weekend.
Overall he has seen the team improve each week and increase team chemistry.
Entering the stretch of home games, the Lady Generals are on a two-game win streak after defeating both opponents Saturday to end the tournament at Otero Junior College.
“It is always nice to win the last game of the tournament,” Quiggle said. “We go home on a winning streak, which nice and the girls are happy.”
The Lady Generals proved they can win by finishing sets and keeping a competitive edge throughout the game.
Quiggle said each game this week is winnable and the Lady Generals are looking to add five more wins after the week is finished.
Sophomore Cayl Bowman said she wants to win every game she plays and this week is no different.
This first game of the home stretch is Dawson Community College, a Region 13 team from Glendive, Montana. Quiggle said Dawson is a shorter team that is very scrappy on defense. Dawson can beat any team that does not show up against them. Quiggle told the Lady Generals not to overlook any team and Dawson is no different.
For SC to earn the five wins, sophomore Alli Puuri said the team needs to work on finishing sets. SC will fight hard and have a chance to pull away to score the final points to win the set, but fall just short, experienced in team losses this season.
The Lady Generals are still figuring out chemistry and the best rotation. Bowman said SC did a better job of working as a team, no matter what players were on the court.
The Lady Generals still need to keep a strong competitive edge, Quiggle said. He has seen this improve each week. Quiggle appreciates that his team is full of players that excel in the classroom and are nice people. He has been working with the team to understand that when a game is coming down to the wire, being nice will not get them over the hump.
Keeping a more intense competitive edge will help the Lady Generals finish out sets. Energy and strong mental focus are important in volleyball, Puuri said.
“Being positive right from the get-go is important,” Puuri said about staying mentally strong. “If I make a mistake personally, I just forget about and think about the ball. Volleyball is a game of errors, so you can not dwell on all of the errors you make.”
Energy will be easy to come by for the Lady Generals with the home crowd in attendance. Sophomore Tannah Heath said she is excited to be back home and play in front of the home crowd. Puuri, a Sheridan native, will get to play in front of her family, making the home games even more special.
Bowman said the team receives a boost of energy playing at home and can rely on the crowd to help them through the game. SC wants to establish the home court advantage early, making sure teams know they will not earn an easy win in the dome. Bowman said classmates and those stopping to talk to her have been asking about the team this year and wanting to see the Lady Generals perform.
Fans will be able to watch the Lady Generals live for the first time in Sheridan Thursday.