Stepping Stones: NKC volleyball falls to Truman


Brennen Knabe, Writer & Managing Editor

Last night, NKC volleyball took on Truman at home to start a 3-game home stretch, lasting until September 16th.


From the first set on, it was a game bound to be close, with both teams’ front lines playing well. However, as what seems to be an ongoing theme, the Hornets came out just a bit slow, and dug themselves a hole they spent most of the first set battling out of, but to no avail, the Patriots would take the first set 25-16.


In set two, Truman came out firing, and quickly jumped to a 7-2 lead on big kills by Sarina Ulberg, however, after a Hornet timeout, the lead began to shrink led by some big time plays by Calissa Minatee, however, soon after, Truman began to find the groove that began in the first set and rode the ship to a 25-19 set win.


In the decisive set 3, the Hornets got a bit of wind in their sails and built good momentum, leading the set 16-12, until a series of good rallies closed the gap. The story of the night: The Patriots would not go away. In shocking fashion, they slammed the door, 26-24.


After the game, junior Kylee Estes was honest about the loss, “While we all tried to do what we can and put our best foot forward, we strive off energy, and tonight we just couldn’t keep consistent energy” Estes said.


“Volleyball is a game of tendencies and while it’s hard to change, we allowed many of the same plays to happen over and over again. We as a unit have to adapt to what is constantly happening.” Estes went on to say.


Despite the feeling of unease after the lost, Estes hopes for the Lady Hornets have not, and will not waver, “This loss highlights our weaknesses and where we can improve so that we can ultimately win where it matters, later in the year.”


The 2-2 Lady Hornets will take on the Fort Osage Indians at home, next Tuesday, September 14th, we hope to see you there!