The Chewelah Cougars volleyball team is entering a tough stretch of games and looking to find consistency in the midst of a five-match losing streak. Last week, the Cougars dropped three hard-fought matches against Newport, Kettle Falls and Riverside, while struggling on offense, defense and serving at various times in the past week.
â€śWe matched up well, but we broke down defensively quite a bit,â€ť coach Wendy Stenbeck said. â€śThe other teams didnâ€™t...they out hustled us.â€ť
â€śOffensively, we were pretty decent; we just werenâ€™t picking up as many of their balls as they were ours,â€ť she added. The Cougars (4-5, 0-4) lost in four games at home to Newport (2-6, 1-3) to start their week.
Stenbeck said that â€śas far as unforced errors go, that was the worst match weâ€™ve had all season. We've never had so many errors in each category.
â€śNewport was solid, but we gave away way too many points.â€ť
Mid-week, the Cougars traveled to Kettle Falls and lost in five games and again the unforced errors helped undo the Chewelah effort.
â€śWe were pretty closely matched, but defensively we just werenâ€™t clicking, getting our assignments done and getting to the balls we needed to,â€ť said Stenbeck. â€śWe lost a lot of points off of just tips, same as at Riverside. We're making a big effort to change that this last stretch.â€ť
The Cougars also lost in four close games in Riverside on Thursday night to finish their week.
â€śWeâ€™re competing hard,â€ť said Stenbeck, â€śbut we need to work under pressure a little better. When they do put it together, they do a really good job. Thereâ€™s a lot of potential, we just have to be more consistent.â€ť
The Cougars face a three strong opponents this week. On Tuesday the Colville Indians (8-0, 4-0) visited Jenkins High School, followed on Thursday by Freeman (7-1, 3-1) visiting JHS.
On Tuesday, Oct.11, Chewelah travels to Lakeside (5-2, 3-1). All matches begin at 6:30.
Newport 25 23 25 25
Chewelah 14 25 13 19
Kills-Douglas (New) 13, Sulgrove (Che) 12.
Assists-Fredrick (New) 18, Wuesthoff (Che) 17.
Aces- Douglas (New) 7, RichÂ¬mond (Che) 3.
Digs-Hopkins (New) 3, Garner (Che) 12.
Blocks-Douglas (New) 1, SulÂ¬grove (Che) 2.
Chewelah 22 21 28 25 9
Kettle Falls 25 25 26 17 15
Kills - McMillan (Che) 12. McInelly (KF) 13.
Assists - Wuestoff (Che) 24. Robertson (KF) 8.
Aces - Stenbeck (Che) 3. MenÂ¬dez (KF) 4.
Digs - Kinney (Che) 4. Keenan (KF) 12.
Blocks - Sulgrove (Che) 3. Pounds (KF) 3.
Chewelah 22 21 25 22
Riverside 25 25 23 25
Kills- Stenbeck (Chw) 14, Davis (Riv) 11.
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Assists- Wuesthoff (Chw) 21, Mckinney (Riv) 23.
Aces- Stenbeck (Chw) 4, ShafÂ¬fer, Davis, Supanchick (Riv) 3.
Digs- Richmond (Chw) 13, Mckinney 17.
Blocks- Sulbroke (Chw 3, Davis (Riv) 3.