WINONA LAKE, IN - The Indiana University Kokomo women’s volleyball season concluded Friday (October 28) with a loss to the Grace College Lancers in a 23-25, 20-25, 19-25 defeat.
The Cougars, facing the Lancers for the third time this season, never gave up throughout the match, but in the end could not overcome several errors as the Lancers pick up the victory in the rubber match between the two schools.
“We did have a number of unforced errors, but as a first year program, even though the girls have shown a lot of resilience, the grind of a long season does wear on you,” Head Coach Kristen Snoddy said after the match.
During the last game, IU Kokomo showed some of that trademark resilience on the court against Grace College. Despite facing significant deficits throughout the match, the Cougars relied on each other. Players Jenna Pelling, Krista Armstrong, Lael Burrus, and Alex Wylie helped the team claw back from deficits.
At the end of the day, however, the Cougars did not have enough firepower to overcome the Lancers.
“Having a squad of only nine players does have an impact,” Snoddy said. “Not having the ability to have 6-on-6 scrimmages tends to hurt us from time to time.”
IU Kokomo concludes their first season short on wins, but has also picked up experience that will prove valuable. There is no doubt the foundation has been laid as the Cougars eye a step up into NAIA competition in 2012.
“The goal this year was to get a program in place,” Snoddy said. “With that goal accomplished, it is now time to look at bringing in players to contribute. The current players have definitely generated interest in the program from high school athletes around the region.”
The Cougars finished the season with a record of 3-16.
For more information, visit IU Kokomo Athletics at www.iuk.edu/athletics.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.