LITTLE RIVER — It’s been a busy few days for the Little River volleyball team.
The Redskins were involved in tournament play over the weekend at Centre.
Little River opened with a 25-27, 25-20, 21-25 loss to Herington.
“Playing a scrappy Herington team was great for our kids to learn how to react and move,” Little River coach Kim Rolfs said. “While the loss was a heartbreaker I believe we grew as a team.”
Next up was a Little River blowout of Life Prep of Wichita (25-2, 25-6).
The Redskins were then handed a pair of 25-15 losses by Marion.
“Beating a veteran team like Marion was going to be tough and Little River’s only hope of getting out of pool play,” Rolfs said. “While the girls tried to compete, it was difficult adjusting to the experience that was on the other side of the net. Again another game the team grew from.”
Rolfs said the tourney definitely was beneficial for her team.
“We took away from the weekend the thought that, yes, we let that first match slip away, but we can make changes and pull out those close ones,” Rolfs said. “Also to take advantage when we can and put the ball away, that playing timid will never win out.”
Little River then played Herington in a rematch on Tuesday.
“Yesterday might of been a turn in the right direction for our team,” Rolfs said. “With our loss against Herington fresh in our minds, the girls were excited to get another shot at them.”
Little River won the first set 25-22, but then dropped the final two, the third set going extras with the Railers a 26-24 winner.
“Again a another learning experience for our young team,” Rolfs said. “We found ourselves in Game 3 and it was a battle to the end. The girls had the win at their fingertips and couldn't quit grasp it.”
The Redskins’ JVs were a 25-21, 25-17 winner.
“Growing into a better team each week, Little River volleyball is starting to draw some interest from fans and students,” Rolfs said. “Their support last night was exciting to see. As coaches we will continue to increase our expectations and desire to compete and who knows where that could take this team.”