SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College volleyball team finished 2-1 at its home tournament over the weekend, but the Lady Generals had a lackluster performance overall.
Despite winning eight of 11 sets, Sheridan head coach Jen Stadler said she sees plenty of room for improvement.
“Right now, we’re a bunch of goldfish,” Stadler said. “We’re waiting for something to happen. We need to be (in) more of a shark mindset, where we’re going after it and not being timid (and) be more assertive in our play.”
Sheridan did a nice job rallying in their two wins against Miles Community College on Friday and Dawson Community College on Saturday. However, Stadler would like the team to play hard from start to finish, rather than have to dig out of a hole.
“We just need to find that consistency and not play from behind and just play aggressive the whole game instead of just the last 15 points,” Stadler said.
That inconsistency was evident despite the Lady Generals’ sweep late Saturday afternoon against Dawson 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 to end the two-day tournament. The Lady Generals won in straight sets, but they barely pulled out the second and third sets after a strong performance in the opening stanza.
Sheridan scored the first five points of the match against Dawson thanks to quality serving from Breshawna Kelly and strong play at the net. Things appeared to be solidly in Sheridan’s control when the Lady Generals led 10-2, but the Lady Buccaneers went on a 7-1 run to make things interesting. Sheridan recovered nicely, though, scoring seven of eight points near the end of the first set to go ahead 24-16 before finishing it off.
Sheridan trailed for most of the second set before coming back to win. The Lady Buccaneers improved their play at the net and the Lady Generals didn’t help themselves, committing several unforced errors. Late in the set, Karlie Sorenson had a few key kills to knot the score at 20. Sheridan seemed in danger of losing the set when it trailed 23-21, but the Lady Generals recovered to tally the final four points of the set.
After playing well to close the second set, the Lady Generals came out flat and fell behind 9-0 in the third set. Routine hits fell into the net, and Sheridan’s poor passing resulted in easy points for Dawson. The Lady Generals came cruising back, though, and got the score to a manageable trailing distance of 12-10 thanks to better defense and errors from the Lady Buccaneers.
Middle hitter Jody Gallagher played well at the net in the final set to help give the Lady Generals their first lead at 21-20. Sheridan didn’t falter after seizing the upper hand, and won after a Dawson kill attempt sailed into the net.
Gallagher totaled two kills and four blocks against the Lady Buccaneers. Offensively, outside hitters Sorenson and Darcie Kaiser did most of the damage in the third set. Kaiser tallied 12 kills in the match to lead the team.
In its lone loss earlier Saturday, Sheridan started well but couldn’t finish. The Lady Generals took the first two sets against Northwest College but dropped the final three, losing 22-25, 18-25, 26-25, 25-19, 15-10. Sorenson led the team with 14 kills.
The Lady Generals sit with a 3-3 record and are slightly behind where Stadler expected the team to be at this point in the season. Going forward, Stadler said the team needs to pass better and attack more consistently with fewer errors.
“We need to play to our level,” Stadler said. “We need to find some urgency from start to finish and also, I think we need to find some people who are a little bit more aggressive through the match.”
The Lady Generals resume action at Rocky Mountain College Thursday at 7 p.m.