Communication and missed serves sink volleyball game

Edith Martinez receives a serve from the Jordan team during the conference match in Montgomery last week. (Wade Young Photo)

The Jordan Volleyball Team took advantage of TCU’s missed serves and breakdowns of communication and beat the Titans three games to one in Montgomery, on Thursday, Sept. 26.
 
TCU       23   19   25  17
Jordan    25   25  21   25
It was Homecoming Week for the Titan team, and they worked hard, as demonstrated by the close scores. Titan Coach Becky Madison said the team knew that it was going to be a tough match from the start, but they were ready to push it to four or five games.
 
“Going in to the match we wanted to play competitively with Jordan. Our first match with them (on September 17) was 3-0 in their favor, so we wanted to come out and push the match to four or five games,” she said. “We knew it would be a tough match-up, and while we are disappointed with the loss, we are encouraged by the fact that we are still improving. We have evidence of that based on our play on Thursday.”
 
In all of the games, the Titans held their own, and at times, were in the lead by three points. However, in keeping up with the momentum, communication broke down, which lead to their loss.
 
“In giving up the leads we had, there seemed to be a communication breakdown at every occurrence.  When we stop communicating, we stop passing well, and the rest of it just falls to the wayside,” Madison said. “Also, missing serves during key possessions has been a huge problem for us. We know this, and it is going to take some mental toughness to get over this hurdle.”
 
Megan Rutt lead the team with 8 kills, followed by Edith Martinez with 7. Amber Brokl contributed 5, and Jenna Bednar added 4 to the team’s total of 27 kills.
 
Rutt also lead the team in 10 blocks. Martinez lead the team with 23 digs, and Brokl added 16.
 
Next Action
The girls are on the road next week, playing Sibley East on Monday and Belle Plaine on Thursday.  The girls have a weekend tournamentnext weekend before hosting Medford on Tuesday, Oct. 8.