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Volleyball News

Lady Bobcats seek more playoff success

October 6th, 2011

By Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com

With their third successful regular season under wraps, the Our Lady of Mercy Lady Bobcats are prepared and aiming for another deep run into the postseason.

“We definitely want to make the Sweet 16 and knowing that we’re not as powerful of a team as we used to be, getting to the Elite Eight is one of the big goals,” Our Lady of Mercy volleyball coach Bill Schmitz said.

Last year, the Lady Bobcats, who finished with a 33-16 overall record, advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 where it lost to eventual champion Blessed Trinity 3-0. After easily defeating Greenforest Christian 2-0 at home last Thursday, Our Lady of Mercy closed the 2011 regular season with a 28-9 mark despite the graduation of outside hitters Brittany Smith and Amanda Miles.

“We lost a lot of our attack from last year but we have a better defensive team,” Schmitz said. “I think that’s really the key. Defensively, we’ve kept ourselves in games, put ourselves in a position to win, found a way to put games away and it has left us in a good spot.”

As a result, the Lady Bobcats have been able to string together three separate winning streaks of at least five games or more and haven’t lost more than two games in a row, something they did twice in 2010.

“As far as cutting the losses, we’ve played well when we needed to,” Schmitz said. “Our losses have come when we’ve played very well but we played some extremely good competition so we’re okay with those losses.”

“I definitely think that it is because of dedication,” senior right-side hitter Ashlyn Bodkin said. “We’ve been working on this all summer. Every single person on this team has come out over the summer and been dedicated and given it their all.”

The Lady Bobcats are scheduled to begin the Area 3-AA/A tournament today.

“Now, we’re fighting the injury bug at the end of the season,” Schmitz said. “[That’s] going to make things interesting but I have a lot of faith in this team.”

Libero Jenny Bui hurt her tailbone on Sept. 27 and fellow junior setter Mary Katherine Schmitz sprained her ankle on the same day.

Our Lady of Mercy finished 6-2 in its area, falling to Eagle’s Landing Christian 2-0 and Landmark Christian 2-1.

 



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