BETHANY, OK—The Central Christian College volleyball team wrapped up their weekend road trip to Oklahoma City with a loss to the Southwestern Christian University Eagles. The Tigers were defeated by the Eagles in straight sets 25-8, 25-15, 25-10.
The second week into the season, the Tigers are continuing to make strides, though the scores don't always reflect the progress the team is making. The Tigers graduated a large portion of the core of last year's team, and with several new faces on the roster this year it is taking time for the chemistry to develop.
Offensively, the Tigers finished the match with a positive attack percentage, recording 20 kills on 76 attack attempts with 15 errors. They were led by sophomore transfer Marissa Waddel, who tallied six kills on 20 swings with just two errors. The highest attack percentage came from Morgan Cook, who had a near perfect night. She finished the match with five kills on eight swings with zero errors for a .625 attack percentage.
On defense, the ladies had two team blocks and 26 defensive digs. Senior libero, Desiree Padilla was the team leader in defensive digs with 11. The two team blocks were assisted blocks recorded by Waddel and Victoria Coopman.
"It was another tough outing for us today," said head coach Jeremy Manning. "We had a major lack in communication in game one that set the tone early and it was a struggle to bounce back during that set. The second set we did an amazing job on the offensive front putting down 10 kills but still wasn't enough. The third set we came out more relaxed and the hustle was evident with multiple girls hitting the floor and chasing down loose balls."
Manning concluded "Overall we aren't satisfied with the end result but we will use this weekend as a learning experience to rebound at home next week. Desiree Padilla was tied for the match high with 11 digs, Morgan Cook had five kills on only eight swings and Marissa Waddel led the team with six kills."
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-4 on the season. After opening up with their first four games on the road, the Tigers will finally get a chance to play in the friendly confines of the Dr. Jerry E. Alexander Arena next Tuesday evening. They will take the floor for the first time at home this season Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the USAO Drovers.