The results for Archers volleyball head coach Johnna Kinney continue to be mixed through the first month of the season. Unfortunately for Kinney and her players, none of those results has included a victory.
STLCC dropped its 11th and 12th matches of the season over the weekend, including 3-0 losses to Blackhawk East College and Wentworth Military Academy.
The Archers improved in some key areas, including their middle hitters. Freshman Jackie Long saw considerable time at middle and helped to keep the team competitive against Wentworth, who won both of its matches on the day.
“Overall, it was better than we played in the last few matches,” Kinney said. “The drive was there, and we’d been missing that. We got comfortable with losing, so this was encouraging to see. Our region is kind of up for grabs at this point, and we’re all fairly competitive.”
This weekend’s games saw a bit more lineup tinkering than is typically seen at this juncture of the season, as Kinney and assistant Debbie Bronder look for a level of consistency that has not shown itself to this point. While Kinney enjoys the versatility her roster offers, the Kinney looks forward to a more predictable lineup as the season reaches its second half.
“I thought it was (settling) until today, when I had a new player at middle and we’ve got Gabby (Reed) back limited,” Kinney said. “She’ll play right side. Eventually, I’d like to have her in the middle, but with her knee, she’s just not healthy enough for that right now. It’s not really solidified.”
The Archers will have more than a week between games to sort out their roster and get players healthy. STLCC will see its next action on Sept. 24, when it hosts Mineral Area College, 630 p.m. at Florissant Valley.