Good form, high spirits at midpoint

_MG_3132Although the school year has just begun at Seattle Pacific, the volleyball team has already reached the midpoint of its season.
On Saturday, the Falcons beat Montana State Billings 3-0 and improved to 7-6 on the year, including 3-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
It was the team’s first match in a week, due to a bye on Thursday. The additional rest helped them regain their focus after a busy and grueling start to the season.
“[The bye] was helpful in the sense that we got to take a couple of games off in the beginning of the week,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “A lot of our players were starting to become sore and beat up.”
The bye came at an optimal point of the season, considering it landed right in the middle of the Falcons’ schedule. The two conference losses came from strong programs, Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington, which both remain undefeated in conference play.
Right before the bye, the team suffered a tough loss to Western Washington, losing in three straight sets. Although losing like that against a top rival is difficult, the team was ready for the adversity.
“We learned a lot about ourselves that game,” junior setter Kendall Langdon said. “They’re a great team, and they have a lot of power on offense, and we’re preparing to take them at their home next time.”
The Falcons took the loss in stride and continued to move forward, as was evident in their win against Billings on Saturday.
With only conference games left to play for the rest of the season, the team knows it must continue to win if it has hopes of making the postseason.
“We only have two losses in conference, but if we can string some wins together, we’ll be in good shape,” Johnson said. “We definitely still have a shot at making the playoffs, and even winning our division.”
While it will be tough to run down WWU and UAA, SPU is confident in its ability to be at the top of the conference.
“We really feel that we can compete with anyone, and we are in a great position to make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs, too,” junior middle blocker Madi Cavell said.
This week, the Falcons play two road games — at Central Washington and at Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. Currently, CWU and NNU are sixth and third, respectively, in the GNAC.

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