The Warrior volleyball team looked poised to challenge NCCAA powerhouse Manhattan Christian Tuesday night in Kansas City. The Thunder had other plans as their team stormed back to snap the Warriors momentum 0-3. With the loss, the Warriors fall to 5-6 on the season.
“Credit to Manhattan as they battled back after our run and served very well,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “They capitalized on some brief lapses we had with our serving, and turned the momentum of the match. Hopefully we learned some important lessons from this loss as we continue our season.”
The Warriors came into the match after going 2-1 in competition last week with victories over Barclay College, and Spurgeon College. Manhattan Christian entered Tuesday’s match with a 10-2 record, having won against Barclay College last week as well.
“Lindee and Hannah were big contributors tonight on the outside, Johnson said. “They each had some big swings for us. I think our team also proved tonight that defense has become a strength after working extremely hard to improve. The weakness we need to improve on in the next few practices would be our serving and serve receive inconsistencies. The turning point in the match came when our receivers faced their tough float server. She helped Manhattan run off about six straight points with her tough serving.”
“With the ups and downs this season has brought with Covid-19, it has sometimes been hard to find the connection we need as a team, setter Tori Veltkamp said. Last weekend and today we clearly started seeing what we can achieve. There has been so much growth.”
Next up, the Warriors return home on Friday night as they welcome Faith Baptist to the Pyramid Athletic Center.