After a refreshing win against CNCC a week ago, CEU went back on the road and ended up with two more losses. On Friday the team traveled north and lost 30-20, 30-11, 30-19 to SLCC. Then on Saturday they headed south and lost to Snow 30-18, 30-22, 30-19.
Coach Martindale knew both teams would be tough, but was hoping that his team might edge out Snow. But in the end they could not pull it out at either venue.
"We need to get better at being more consistent. We have streaks where we look real good, and then we have streaks were we look real bad. We've got to learn to capitalize on mistakes," he explained after the losses. "Our freshmen have, at times, been our players with the most responsibilities. They have been strong from day one and continue to get stronger. Unfortunately, our match against Snow has been the most disappointing of the season so far. I think we all got caught up in the "rivalry" thing a little too much, and it ended up making us way too tense, which led to unforced errors from the start. Once we got behind, it was difficult to get caught up. We have to be able to turn momentum better in a match, and that only comes from confidence. Snow is pretty good, but we made them look really good by making way too many errors and not putting enough pressure on them."
"We actually played somewhat better against second ranked SLCC than we did against Snow. We scored just as many points," he went on to say. "They (SLCC) are playing real well right now. They have a legitimate shot at winning a national championship this season. No one in our conference is really pushing them, and some of the teams in our conference are top 20 caliber."
Against Snow College, Nicole Norr had six kills and two aces, and Jennie Rudder had four kills and three blocks. In the game against SLCC, Niki Griffiths had six kills and hit .455, and Marissa Crookston had two blocks.
The team has a pair of games in Idaho this weekend. On Thursday, Oct. 11th they will play the College of Southern Idaho and on Friday they will meet up with North Idaho College. They will land at the B-DAC on Oct. 20th for their first home match in a long stretch. Game time will be at 3:00.