Lady Gens start volleyball season 0-2, coaches predict improvement


Lady Gens volleyball2 By Ron Giofu


It is an unfamiliar spot in the standings for the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls volleyball team but the coaches see room for improvement.

The Lady Gens dropped to 0-2 on the 2013-14 WECSSAA Tier 1 season last Thursday, dropping 27-25, 25-22 and 25-12 sets to the visiting St. Anne Saints. Amherst has won one of its first six sets, as they also lost two of three at Brennan last Tuesday evening.

Brennan won the first two sets 25-20 and 26-24 before Amherst won the third set 25-23.

Coaches Jeff Miller and Mary Ewer believe the girls will pull it together as the season goes on. Miller said the Lady Gens don’t have “a whole lot of volleyball experience” and are young to boot.

“We need more time,” he said after Thursday’s game.

Miller said the team has only been together for a week and have six Grade 10 players on it.

“I’ve never had a team with no Grade 12’s or fifth-year players,” he said. “We knew we are going to have our struggles.”

Last Thursday’s match saw the Lady Gens hang with St. Anne during most of the first two sets, even rallying with seven straight points in the first set. Amherst had leads at various points in the first two sets but things fell apart in the third set.

“We got into some bad habits. We got into a bad place and the game got away from us,” said Miller.

Ewer added the Lady Gens were “deflated” after the first two sets. She predicted, however, that there are “bigger and better things to come” from the team.

“They suck up everything you ask them to do,” said Ewer. “I’m excited for the season. They’ll go through the wall for you.”

This year’s team may take a little more work and some more practise than what the coaching staff is used to “but that’s OK,” said Ewer.

Miller stated they have to train the girls on volleyball skills but once they get a better grasp on their fundamentals and have a better understanding of the game, the team will get better.

“I think we’ll improve immensely,” said Miller.

General Amherst was at Herman last night after the print edition of the River Town Times went to press. They host the Belle River Nobles Thursday at 4 p.m.

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