GCCC VB falters late vs. Cloud





The Garden City Community College volleyball team started out hot at Cloud County in its conference match-up, winning the first set 25-15.

"We came out pretty solid. We probably played our best first set of volleyball this year," said head coach Harvey Sanders.

But that success was short- lived as the Lady Thunderbirds swept the next three sets for the 3-1 conference victory in Concordia. They won the second set 25-17, the third 25-18, and the fourth 25-15, completing the comeback.

"They just kind of ran away," said Sanders about Cloud County's ability to raise its game after the first set.

For Garden City, the culprits in the loss were the same flaws that have been derailing any momentum they have gained early in the season — serving and passing. Sanders said they continue to be able to get a small point run going in games, but it's ultimately stopped by an unforced error — a bad serve, a mis-hit ball or a misplayed reception.

A poor hitting efficiency of .050 for Garden City reflects those struggles. In the Lady Busters' lone win, they were over 100 points better in that category. The Lady Busters also only had 22 kills on 102 swings in Wednesday night's loss.

The most efficient hitters for Garden City were freshman middle hitter Casey Hicks, with a .333 hitting percentage, and sophomore outside hitter, Vanessa Manarin with a .250 percentage on the night.

After the first set win for the Lady Busters, Cloud County seemed to improve its game, Sanders said, and the Lady Busters didn't, dropping Garden City to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Cloud County moved to 2-4 and 1-1.

The Lady Busters will try to get their first conference win when they host another struggling team, Barton, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Perryman Athletic Complex.

Before then, Sanders and his squad will almost exclusively try to work on serving and passing to eliminate that fatal flaw from their game.

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