Lady Demons swept at home in conference opener by Coffeyville

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August 31, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The Allen Community College (0-6) volleyball team knew it had an uphill climb in the  first conference match of the season, hosting one of the top teams in the Jayhawk Conference in the Coffeyville Ravens.
Their thoughts were confirmed Wednesday night as the Lady Devils were swept in their sixth straight loss of the season (7-25, 17-25, 11-25). Allen County has yet to win a set so far this season.
“I think we’re getting there,” coach Whitney Shaw said. “It’s early and that was our first conference match. It wasn’t the prettiest but they’re a really good team and they might be the best team but we have other teams coming up that we feel strongly about matching up against. Our record doesn’t look great now but I have faith that we will dig ourselves back out.”
It was the worst in the first set as Coffeyville’s serving immediately took them out of their game plan as they recorded a negative hitting percentage recording seven errors and just five kills as the Ravens cruised to a 25-7 win that included a 13-1 run.
“This afternoon we worked on serve/receive because we knew Coffeyville would be a tough serving team,” Shaw said. “I think that’s what absolutely killed us in set one. We rarely got great passes and when we did we didn’t seem to do much with them. It’s hard to build a flow if you’re not getting a good pass. And if you don’t have that, there’s not a lot you can do.”
Set two went much better as Allen County played with the Ravens point-for-point for the first six points before Coffeyville inched out to a 11-7 lead.
From there, the Lady Devils hung tough but couldn’t close the gap, falling 25-17.
“Coffeyville is a good team,” Shaw said. “We knew that. Yesterday’s practice was a lot about working together. We’ve struggled working together and putting things together so we had to work on trusting each other. I was happy that right before set two, while the coaches and I were creating a new lineup, the team stayed positive.
Set three brought very much of the same from set two but deteriorated quicker as a 12-5 run turned a five point deficit into 12 points as the Ravens continued to dominate. Coffeyville finished off the match with a 25-11 win.
Allen County will hit the road again to compete in the Highland Tournament over the weekend where they’ll take on North Platte, Ellsworth, Southwestern and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Community Colleges in hopes of finding their first win.

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