(Neb)-CSC VB Splits Again At Concordia Tourney
Kaleb Center, Sports Information Director
SEWARD, Neb. -- Junior transfer Andi Dowell recorded the first two double-doubles of the season for Chadron State College volleyball on Saturday, as the Eagles split their final two matches at the Bison Bash at Concordia University.
CSC lost in 4 sets to Northwestern College of Iowa, then recovered to defeat the University of Mary in their first NCAA Division II matchup of the tournament in 4 sets.
Just as they did in losing to Concordia on Friday, the Eagles won the first set against Northwestern but last the next 3 to fall 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-14.
CSC won the opening set as well again Mary, who beat Concordia Friday evening, then lost the second 25-11, but bounced back to take the final two sets 25-20, 25-10 to improve their record to 2-2.
Head Coach Riann Mullis said the team underwent a bit of transition between matches.
"Our first match against Northwestern, we did compete, but we lacked serve-receive," said Mullis. "We made the changes that we needed to make going into Mary, and I'm just happy with how we fought and ended the day.
We turned Gaby Varela into a middle in the second match, and we went to a 5-1. Those were two fairly large changes we made based on how we needed to improve."
Those changes translated into twice as many team blocks, going from 4 to 5, and one-third as many team serve-receive errors, reducing miscues from 15 to 5.
"We definitely need to work on being more defensively sound in our blocking, and sliding our hitters," said Mullis. "We need to be able to slow the ball down on the front side of the court. We also need to move the ball at the net, and not swing straight into blocks."
Dowell had 15 kills and 10 digs, to lead the team in both categories against Northwestern. In the win over Mary she totaled a team-high 13 kills and was one off leader Emily Bruce's 13 digs.
The Eagles will travel to Joplin, Missouri, next week, to meet 4 Division II opponents in a tournament at Missouri Southern.
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