Despite showing a surge of confidence at the onset of their third set, the Franciscan Lady Barons volleyball team lost 3-0 in their Saturday match against Geneva college, by scores of 25-10, 21-15, and 25-21.
The Lady Barons played against the Golden Tornadoes in their Homecoming match, supported by a large crowd of alumni, faculty, students and visitors.
Head Coach Kelly Herrmann said, “Sometimes in big matches, your team just rises to the occasion, (but) sometimes they get a little nervous.”
The Golden Tornadoes took a 10-2 lead early in the first set. As the game progressed, the Lady Barons started showing more aggression; they led most of the second set, but lost it 25-21.
“Today we didn’t play particularly well,” said Herrmann. “We had some good runs, (and) the third game was the better match for us. But we’ve got to compete better than this if we want to compete for our conference championship.”
Herrmann said a player that really stood out to her in the game was senior Mary Moore, whom the team moved into defense.
“Mary is a really good defender,” said Herrmann. “(She’s) really instinctive, good with the team … I thought she played well today.”
Herrmann said despite the loss, she feels confident that the team could compete in the conference.
“We have pretty good talent,” said Herrmann. “We have pretty good size … the biggest advantage we have is that the girls are faithful, and they understand what it means to be committee, and not just committed when you’re winning and having fun, but committed when times are difficult.”
Hermann also recognized her guest coach and sister-in-law, alumna Kathleen Herrmann, who received the alumni award.
The Lady Barons will play Oberlin College this upcoming Friday at 7 p.m.