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STC Trojans play Clear Creek Amana close in WaMaC contest

September 6, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Learning how to win is the focus for the Trojans right now. It's taking one step at a time and one point at a time for head coach Amy Dolash and her team.

The Trojans travelled to Tiffin to take on the Clear Creek Amana Clippers in their first WaMaC action of the season. STC played the Clippers really close particularly in the first and third sets They even built up a nice 6 point lead in the third set. Ultimately though, they were shut out by the Clippers. Match scores were 28-26, 25-18 and 27-25.

Despite the loss Dolash was feeling good about the team's performance.

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Sadie Smith, Grace Jimenez, Izzie Morgan, Madie Rohach and Katie Campbell celebrate after a point earned during the Trojans contest with Clear Creek Amana.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

"We were so happy with the night," said Dolash, "yeah I would have liked to come out with a W but as I was telling the girls last night we have to keep believing because we are learning how to win right now, so kind of the expectation is we are going to lose. It's a different mindset. So when we are in close games like the first game and the third game in particular you really have to believe in yourself and your teammates, be able to shake things off and ignore the crowd. How do you zone all that out and not let the negative self talk get to you. So those are some of the things we talked about in the locker room because we know they have the talent and we are not sad about how we performed at all tonight."

One of the things Dolash is having the team work on in practice is how to play when the score is close. She sets up game simulations scores where the girls play 6 on 6 and the score is 22-21. Each team in practice then is trying to get that W. Dolash says they really focus on trying to make it as hard as possible for the other team.

Improvement

Seen

Dolash expressed she saw a lot of good things and a lot of improvement from last weeks matchup with Grinnell in which the Trojans fell 3-2. She was especially impressed with her hitters.

"It's amazing to me how well our hitting percentages are," said Dolash, "Sadie (Smith) had another phenomenal night. She was up in the 40%. She's had two games in a row like that. Izzy Morgan was another one right up there but the person that was really on fire tonight was Madie (Rohach)."

Rohach was challenged by the coaching staff to slow up her game. "We told her to go back to the basics. Go to two sets which are a little bit higher in the middle. So you would see her mixing some of those up. Instead of running a quick every time which is a real hard timing connection with the setters she would do her two's. And she's really good at those," said Dolash.

Katie Campbell also caught Dolash's eye with her serving. She has been 100% in competition so far this season.

The Trojans will be at home on Thursday, September 7 for a JV/Varsity matchup between Newton and North Polk.

 
 

 

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