By James Howey
The Cavalier’s volleyball has gone through every opponent this season like a knife through hot butter. This weekend at the Kirkwood tournament featured mostly more of the same. The Cavs played four top 12 teams this weekend and went 3-1 sweeping in all three victories.
“We did a great job of playing together as a team, and at one time our bench was so loud they came up with some crazy cheers,” assistant coach Jodi Rogert said. “It was a great group effort whether you were on or off the court you were pushing for the team.”
The Cavs swept their biggest challenger to the Jayhawk conference title the Cowley Tigers. Cavs Standout Freshman Maren Mair says that sweeping the Tigers was a big and enjoyable win all around for the squad.
“It was really exciting they are a big rival, we were really pumped for that game, to just handle them pretty easily was just like really motivating and exciting for us.”
Rogert says the Cavs practice habits showed during their win over their rival.
“Against Cowley we came out hot,” Rogert said. “It was one of those early in the morning games and we practice early in the morning so we were ready.”
The Cavs did suffer their first loss of the season to the number one ranked Parkland Cobras. Rogert thinks that the Cavs will benefit from playing them and will be ready when they meet again at home in the JCCC tournament.
“The first two games against them we were still figuring some things out and making some changes as far as running a five-one or a six-two and shifting people in and out,” Rogert said. “I think next time we know what to do to beat them it’s just a matter of doing it.”
Mair had a great tournament and has been a stud all season for the Cavs leading the team in hitting percentage, kills, and blocks. She says the success is great, but her teammates are a huge help.
“It’s been exciting but I definitely couldn’t do it without my defense and Stevie (Sherard) setting, and Paige (Cocoran) setting,” Mair said.
Cavs look to improve to 12-1 on the year tomorrow at home against Hesston at 5:30 pm.