One of the most important traits of any team is to be able to recover quickly.
After a bad play, or even a bad game, a team needs to be able to learn from their mistakes and play even better in their next match. That’s the task Pride women’s volleyball now has in front of them.
The Springfield women’s volleyball team fell to Coast Guard in a four set match Tuesday night, losing 19-25, 22-25, 25-21 and 21-25.
In the loss, the Pride had a strong third set after dropping the first two. Springfield was able to score seven straight points to pick up a 16-14 lead over the Bears. Coast Guard tried to break up the Pride’s run by calling a timeout five points in. But after the timeout was called, Jen Donnelly came out with back to back kills to give the Pride its substantial lead. Even after a Springfield point was reversed, the Pride was able to keep the momentum going to win them the third set.
“We mixed up our lineup, we went to a five-one with Kayley Cimino setting the entire way so we wanted to give them different looks,” said head coach Moria Long.
During the fourth set, the the Bears and Pride were neck and neck. Every point that Springfield was able to rattle off was matched until Coast Guard was able to score three points straight and take a 16-13 lead. After a quick timeout, the Pride came out and were able to tie it up at 16 apiece. Springfield seemed to have a handle on the set until Coast Guard scored five straight points and never looked back.
“We started set four and I felt like we were just satisfied winning one set. All of a sudden our whole demeanor on the court was different than what it was in set three,” said Long.
Throughout the whole match there was multiple long rallies, and every long rally seemed to end in a Coast Guard point. The Pride was diving all over the court to keep the ball in play, but the Bears were always the ones to get the last touch.
“[Coast Guard] executed really well. They were quick pin to pin and they really made our middles go back and forth,” said Long. “There pins just really took advantage of seams they saw and we didn’t.”
The Pride, who are now 10-3 and 2-2 in conference play, won’t play at home again until October 7 against Westfield State and Roger Williams in the Tom Hay Invitational. Until then they will focus on their five core values: purpose, legacy, trust, resilience and toughness.
“We need to get in the gym tomorrow and we need to have really solid communication from start to finish. It comes down to we need to be purposeful in terms of what we are doing with the ball,” said Long. “Tonight had everything to do with lack of execution and game plan. We said we wanted to serve zone one and attack number 20. We wanted to stay away from the libero and we hit at the libero probably 90% of the time in set one and two. We just really weren’t purposeful.”