By Chris Campbell
The Lady Moundbuilders dropped their fourth straight match 3-1 on Saturday night against Friends University at historic Stewart Fieldhouse. Despite tying the match at one set apiece, the Builders ultimately fell in the final two frames to an emerging Falcon team that now sits tied for first place in the KCAC standings.
“We played a little bit like a roller coaster,” said head coach Carolina Garbato. “We need to find consistency.”
After losing the first set 25-16, the Lady Builders made noticeable adjustments and came out firing on all cylinders by taking an early 14-7 lead over the Falcons. The Builder reinforcement was established in large part to Alexyandra Blaker and Lezlee Dixon’s efforts from an offensive standpoint. Both of whom would eventually combine for 22 total kills following the 25-18 SC victory in set two.
Nonetheless, the match belonged to Friends from that point on and there was no turning back. The Falcons found a rhythm leading to victories in the next two sets 25-18 and 25-16 respectively.
Regardless of the disappointing result of the contest, sparks of promise were displayed as the Lady Builders fought vigorously, most notably from a defensive perspective. Sophomore libero Rylie Ingram, led all competition with 26 total digs on the night making the match far more competitive than it actually appeared. “I think I did well at some points,” said Ingram, a native of Cibolo, Texas. “They were a middle, right side team that played a fast game.”
It was an up and down match featuring highs and lows on both ends. While neither team was flawless, the Lady Builders would struggle to ultimately find their identity in the long run. “I think we played well at certain points and then we got down,” said Ingram.
“Our defense was outstanding, but our offense needs some work,” said Coach Garbato. “We need to make less hitting errors because we made too many of them, which costed us the match.” With that being said, Friends more than doubled the Lady Builder’s hitting percentage at the conclusion of the match at .194 accordingly.
In retrospect, SC now stands at 2-8 overall and 0-4 to begin KCAC play. However, the adversity they’ve faced as of late will surely prepare them for next Monday’s match on Sept. 18 when the Moundbuilders travel to Nebraska in a battle against a struggling York College team that has dropped their last 13 matches. “We’ve faced some tough competition from the get-go,” said Garbato. “We should be ready to go.”
Furthermore, this upcoming conference clash serves as an even more important opportunity for growth and development that the Lady Builders desperately need. “We need to work more as a team and get our chemistry back,” said Ingram. “This is a big week coming up and we need to play our game.” Game time is set for 6 p.m. All updates will be available on Buildersports.com.
Chris Campbell is junior majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.