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Volleyball looks to take step forward at league tourney

October 14, 2009

The old adage you take one step forward, then one step back has been exactly what the Eudora volleyball team has done over the past couple weeks.

After a strong showing last week at the Wellsville Tournament, the Cardinals went 1-3 Saturday at “Spikefest” in De Soto.

Eudora beat Wichita South east, but lost to Jeff North, Jeff West and league foe Spring Hill.

“We just give too many points away,” Eudora volleyball coach Jill Stutler said. “Again we were slow to start that Spring Hill match. We played better against Jeff North, but that game we kind of stopped passing and dug a hole. It just was a frustrating day, but at times we also saw improvement in terms of better chemistry with some people. But we’ve got to get some positives going right now.”

With only a few weeks remaining on the schedule, Stutler said she would look for her three seniors to lead the team through to the finish.

“We need strong leadership to where somebody is going to say that now is the time to start making some changes a little quicker in terms of not letting one point snowball into seven points in some rotations,” Stutler said.

Stutler said the Cardinals miscues late that have directly led to the team’s recent slide.

“We were just handing over too many points,” she said. “A mis-serve here, one net violation on the block is turning into three or four points in a row. Anytime a team scores, they need to earn each point that they get.”

Eudora will look to bounce back Saturday at the league tournament in Louisburg. Stutler said her team could still contend for the league title.

“Any given day anyone is beatable,” Stutler said. “If we execute to the level we can, we’re tough. But it’s all phases of game. It’s serving, serve-receive, offense and defense. I mean there are some areas that we’ve got to work on.”

The league tournament will also help the Cardinals prepare for sub-state. After the league tournament, the Cardinals will have played everyone in their sub-state bracket.

“Right now, we’re starting to see teams that we’re going to see at sub-state, so there won’t be any surprises when that rolls around,” Stutler said.

Eudora also played a quad Tuesday night at Louisburg and went 3-0. The Cardinals beat Baldwin (25-17, 25-22, 25-23), Louisburg (25-19, 25-16) and Paola (25-27, 25-10, 25-19).

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