OMAHA, NEB. – The Waldorf University women's volleyball team finished its involvement in the Flames Invitational with an 0-4 record by losing to the Briar Cliff University Chargers (9-0) and the Mount Marty College Lancers (5-3) on Saturday.
The Warriors (1-9) are still winless in matches away from Denny Jerome Court. Even though the volleyball program is currently 0-9 in road or neutral site matches, head coach Bri Ebenhoe sees her team getting better with key aspects and fundamentals of the game.
"We saw a lot of improvement on Saturday as it pertains to our blocking and defense," Ebenhoe said after losing to Mount Marty College. "Our serving attack is growing stronger."
Rieley Rodman led the Warriors with five serving aces (two against Briar Cliff University, three against Mount Marty College). Danica Cheney recorded three aces versus Mount Marty College after not getting any serving aces in the 10 a.m. matchup against Briar Cliff.
Waldorf "out-blocked" Briar Cliff in the team blocks statistical category (6-5) and also "out-blocked" Mount Marty (9-2). Warriors middle hitter Rebecca Bartnicki had the most blocked shots (2) and blocking assists (7) on the team during their competitions on Saturday.
The Warriors are now eight games below a .500 winning percentage, but Stanley Yelnats' father in the movie Holes said it best: "I learn from failure." Ebenhoe says the Mr. Yelnats' motto also appeals to how her team perceives losses this season.
"We are getting a clearer picture of what our weaknesses are and how we have to improve on them," Ebenhoe said after losing both matches in Omaha, Neb. "The team competed well on Saturday but inevitably fell short."
Waldorf fought hard in its matches against Briar Cliff and Mount Marty by not getting swept (3-0) in straight sets; the Warriors lost in four sets to Briar Cliff and Mount Marty. In fact, the last time that Waldorf got swept in straight sets was on Aug. 29 against Dakota Wesleyan University (13-25, 18-25, 16-25).
Waldorf will look to learn from failure and improve on its weaknesses by attempting to get its second win of the regular season against the Bethany Lutheran College Vikings (4-5) on Monday night. Ebenhoe says her players are pumped up for the match against the Vikings and ready to improve upon their current winning percentage.
"We are continuing our push to improve and find wins!" exclaimed Ebenhoe.