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'Hounds sweep despite poor play

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fort Scott Community College freshman Taylyn Schwartz hands out one of her 28 assists during the Greyhounds' sweep of Independence at Arnold Arena Wednesday night.
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Fort Scott Community College head volleyball coach Lindsay Hill was disappointed with the way her team played against Independence at Arnold Arena Wednesday night.

The Greyhounds won. Swept the Pirates in fact, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17., in Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division play.

"We did not play our best tonight," Hill said. "It's good enough to win but we lacked discipline, which was really disheartening, especially in front of the home crowd."

And this may reflect the change in the expectations of the FSCC program more than anything that's happened during a season in which the 'Hounds (1-1 East, 8-3 overall) have already won twice as many matches as they did all of last season: It's not good enough to just get by any more, even in victory.

Independence (0-2, 0-6) has been swept in all its matches this season. But in the third game of this match, the Pirates were taking advantage of the Greyhounds' lack of discipline early on and led by a couple of points on two occasions before Fort Scott got things together 9 of the last 10 points to get the sweep.

"It took as a while to get going and we played down to their level," Hill said. "We've got to focus, especially with a lot of freshmen, controlling the pace of the game. We talked about that in the locker room."

Fort Scott jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first game, mostly on Indy mistakes. Then the Pirates -- who have lost 49 of their last 69 matches -- managed to get the match down to a pace that favored them.

Despite having a 6' 5" sophomore from Lavtia, Daiga Celmalniece, the Pirates are not a powerful team. Indeed, Celmalniece seemed more valuable to them in the back row than up front for most of the match.

Fort Scott managed to take control again at 18-13 and ended the game on a kill by 6' 1" Polish freshman Paula Okrutna.

The 'Hounds scored the first 4 points of the second game but again allowed the Pirates to come back into the game. Fort Scott led just 19-15 before Ali Cure got a kill that started a 6-1 run to end the game.

"We had a lot of good things that happened tonight," Hill said. "But we also had a lot of discipline issues that we have been working so hard on in practice. And those went in the other direction instead of where we needed to go."

Fort Scott held another early lead, 4-1, in the third game. This time around, Celmalniece began to assert herself and picked up 3 kills during a stretch in which Indy went in front 9-7.

The score was tied at 16-16 when Okrutna got a kill to give Fort Scott serve. She blocked an Indy attack on the next play and had another kill two plays later that gave the 'Hounds serve again at 19-17. From there, four straight Indy errors started a 6-0 run that ended the match.

Okrutna had 15 kills for Fort Scott while Heather Greer had 8 and Amber Thomas had 6. Taylyn Schwartz handed out 28 assists. Okrutna had 3 blocks and Jessica Garrett recorded two.

Friday, the Greyhounds will travel to Hesston for a 5:30 match. Though not a conference match, it will go toward seeding for the post-season in Kansas Division II. The 'Hounds won't be at home again until Sept. 28.

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