By Eric Saunders, staff writer
The Newman Lady Jets got their first conference wins this past week by defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State on Sept. 13 and Southwestern College on Sept. 15. They won 3-0 in both games.
The wins not only changed the team’s season record to 3-5 but also helped get the team closer to the Heartland Conference.
“The two games we played last week were not the toughest teams we will see in our season, because our schedule is tough, but the girls came out and won in three, which was expected,” said Kristen White, graduate assistant coach.
The Lady Jets came out with high energy level, which gave them the lead and never gave their opponents a chance to come back.
“Thursday’s game was at OPSU and I felt that Hannah Melichar did a great job at terminating and brought fantastic energy,” White said. “OPSU is a pretty scrappy team so our outsides had to play smart when getting kills. Dana Shannon had a great game defensively and got some great touches.”
The team’s win against Oklahoma Panhandle boosted the team’s confidence, which was apparent in their game against Southwestern. They won that game 3-0.
Player Haley Dotson, who had just came off an injury two weeks before, managed several kill shots in this game. However, the team’s victory did not rest on any single player’s efforts but rather on the team’s collaboration.
“Gabby Loxterman did a good job calling plays and mixing up the sets,” White said. “Tori Alderson had some great defensive plays and passed very well and consistent this game.”
Last week’s performance is going to be key to this week’s preparation against some of the highest ranking teams in the Heartland Conference: No. 1 Dallas Baptist and no. 3 St. Edwards.