Lourdes volleyball took to the court in its home opener Tuesday night against Johnson-Brock, losing three sets 25-12, 25-12 and 25-8.
With a young team playing its first home game against a tough opponent, nerves can play a factor.
Coach Michelle Kreifels acknowledged that her players might have had some nervous energy before taking on an accomplished foe, but the coach also noted that her team seemed excited about the challenge in the pre-game.
Ultimately, it was passing, not nerves, that made the difference on Tuesday.
“I just don't feel we got any sort of rhythm going,” said Kreifels. “We've really got to find an answer to our passing woes.”
Johnson-Brock did serve aggressively on Tuesday, but Coach Kreifels said she feels the Knights have the ability to pass tough serves and noted that, in practice drills, the team focusses on having game-like serves for every repetition.
Lourdes displayed better passing in the season opening match at Falls City Sacred Heart on Aug. 24.
The Knights fell in that match by scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-13.
Looking back at the match, Kreifels said she felt hitting and service errors were the difficulty.
Like Johnson-Brock, Falls City Sacred Heart was an imposing force, but Lourdes left the gym feeling like they could have done more.
For a young team, it’s all about growth. And challenges from top notch competition never hurts.
“You want to play the best competition.” Kreifels said. “I think its going to make us better in the long run.”
Lourdes will return to action at the Weeping Water tournament on Saturday. Action opens with the Knights taking on Weeping Water at 9 a.m. and Humboldt-TRS at 10 a.m.
Both teams will provide challenges, but Coach Kreifels said the opponent is not the focus right now.
“We really have to focus on our side of the net,” said Kreifels. “We work on passing every single day. We are just going to keep plugging away at that and hopefully it’s going to get better.”