It was a different Cowgirl volleyball team that showed up to play in the second match after dropping the first match of a North Central Kansas League dual with Marysville Thursday night in the AHS gym.
Marysville took the first match, 25-22, 25-23 but the Cowgirls came out after the break and dominated the second match, 25-8, 25-19.
“We had 20 unforced errors in the first match,” Abilene Coach Mike Jantz said. “Giving up 10 points a set with those uncontrollable errors, you are to have a hard time and when you lose at 22 and 23, it is really disappointing.”
Freshman Jessica Hayes had 10 kills in the first match for the Cowgirls. Senior Taylor Thompson added eight kills.
Senior setter Courtney Geist notched 26 assists in the first two sets to help keep the scores close.
“Attitude was the worst part about the first match loss,” Jantz said. “I was really disappointed with the fact that we were not a little more focused to play.
“We hung our heads and didn’t stay in the match, we kept trying, but you have to be positive and you have to get after it in a match like that.”
In the second match the Cowgirls looked like a completely different team in their coach’s eyes.
“The second match we played like we are capable of playing like we should every time,” Jantz said. “In the second match we were a better team than what we saw in the first match.
“We learned about being positive and keeping our heads up in the second match. We are young, but that is not an excuse. The freshmen are doing a good job, they are doing what they are supposed to do and they are getting better.”
The second match saw Geist record 23 assists; Hayes had nine kills while senior Hailey Devine added five kills and 17 service points with four aces. Thompson added seven service points with two aces and Ashley Collette had two blocks and two block assists in the second match.
“In the first match we had a couple of seniors that were off and we can’t have the seniors be off, they have to be on,” Jantz said. “We depend on our right side and Taylor does a great job when she is on.
“In the second match she was really good. The first match she just couldn’t get it in and she and Hailey have to be on for us to be as good as we were in the second match.”
The Cowgirls go to 3-1 in the NCKL and 13-5 overall before traveling to Concordia Tuesday.
“I told the kids to be happy with the second match but we have to get better than we were in the first match,” Jantz added. “There are lots of things to work on. We are getting better but we just have to get consistent and eliminate the errors and then we should be an awfully good team.
“They have to come out every day and work that much harder to get better. That is what I challenged them with at the end of the night. Enjoy the last win and let the first match sting a little bit because it should, a match we should not have lost.”
“But we will get better in the gym and get ready for Concordia next Tuesday, “Jantz concluded.