Volleyball looks to finish strong

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Volleyball looks to finish strong

Aleezah Washington sets up her teammates in a home game.

Aleezah Washington sets up her teammates in a home game.

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Aleezah Washington sets up her teammates in a home game.

Ariel Ramierez/courier staff

Ariel Ramierez/courier staff

Aleezah Washington sets up her teammates in a home game.

Becca Langys, Courier Staff

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The Western Illinois University volleyball team prepares to play their final two matches of the season this weekend in Macomb. They are scheduled to play on Friday at 5 p.m. against the North Dakota State University Bison, and on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the University of Denver Colorado Pioneers.

They look to finish out their last two conference games strong. The Leathernecks will host both games in Western Hall.

Western’s volleyball team, up to this point in the season, has struggled in conference play and they look to boost their record coming into their final conference games. The Leathernecks are coming off a fresh win over South Dakota State University Jackrabbits, and look to use the momentum from their last win during the upcoming games. Energy and momentum will be critical for the Leathernecks to finish off their conference play with some wins.

Just a few weeks ago, the Leathernecks face the Bison, losing in three straight games. This weekend, the Leathernecks look to redeem themselves. During their previous game against NDSU, the Leathernecks struggled offensively and could not match the hits that were coming from the other side of the net. Currently, the Leathernecks have a total of 1020 kills this season while the Bisons have 1053, making them closely matched approaching Friday’s game. The Leathernecks will need to bring both strong hits and good defense in order to match NDSU’s powerful offensive presence Friday. North Dakota State currently has a record of 7-5 in conference compared to the Leatherneck’s 2-9 record, making it also critical that Western brings ton of energy to the court.

As for their match on Sunday, the Leathernecks will play against the Pioneers, who Western previously lost to in three games. During their previous match against the Pioneers, the Leathernecks struggled both offensively and defensively. The Leathernecks barely earned half as many kills as the Pioneers due to the strong defensive presence coming from the Denver side of the net. Because of this, the Leathernecks must put a large focus on the effectiveness of their offense coming into their match against the Pioneers. Not only does the offense need to be strong, but Leatherneck defense must be on point in order to win the match.

During their last match against Denver, the Leathernecks only earned 33 digs compared to the Pioneer’s 50 digs. If the Western defense comes out strong this Sunday, they will greatly increase their chances at redeeming themselves.

Approaching their final matches of the season, Western’s volleyball team looks to finish out strong with two wins against competitors that they had lost to earlier in the season. The Leathernecks have put a large emphasis on their energy and momentum throughout the course of this season, and they intend to continue focusing on these things throughout their final matches in conference.

This season, while not as successful as they had hoped, has been a huge learning experience for the Leathernecks in which they intend to build upon during their future seasons.

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