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CPU Pointers storm past Trojans

September 7, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tuesday's WaMaC west contest between the Center Point-Urbana Stormin' Pointers and the South Tama Trojans resulted in a quick three set victory for the Pointers. Set scores were 25-13, 25-12 and 25-9.

Nearly everything was working against the Trojans. They faced the 12th ranked team in Class 3A on their home court. They also faced a front line that included 6'6 senior Delaney McSweeney. McSweeney combined with Emily Kono for 16 kills. McSweeney was 9-15 and Kono was 7-21.

"There's always an intimidation factor (when facing someone so tall). You just don't come across someone that tall very often. Part of that just goes with our mindset and how prepared we are for something along those lines and then remembering our game plan which is really where we fell down," said coach Amy Dolash.

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Jaelin Berger (right)?and Katie Campbell (left) go up for a block on Tuesday, September 4. The Trojans fell to Center Point Urbana in three sets during the WaMaC west contest.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The game plan is something the Trojans had worked on and talked about in preparation for the conference contest. They knew going into the night that CPU on paper was tall and had some offensive fire power. CPU lists seven players over 5-10 compared to South Tama's two. McSweeney and Kono are also in the top ten Class 3A players in kills so far this season.

"We talked about it before the game. We've been practicing all of our different shots, where the holes are, how to read better on defense, how we anticipate knowing where their big hitters are. We just didn't execute to that. I'm sure part of it was nerves but the other piece is just remembering who we are and playing our game. That was the rough part. It was all us," Dolash said.

The Pointers seemed to do everything right. They were quick, their passing was on point, they read the court well and found all of STC's holes. And they hit the ball incredibly hard. They came after the Trojans in a way South Tama has not seen yet this season.

"They definitely hit hard and go after you so you can tell they've been trained well on watching for angles or high hands. They had some hitters who weren't as tall but they were really smart about where they were hitting. The other piece was they were in their system a lot so their defense and passing was very consistent where ours was off and on," said Dolash.

It was the first time this season that frustrations seemed to start to get to the girls.

"We talked about everyone making their choice of how you reflect upon our preparedness. What did we do going up to this game? What are things we can do better in practice? What were your thoughts throughout the day? Were we mentally ready to jump into any situation or did we just show up and play? There is a lot of mental preparedness that goes into some of those things that we talk about to make that choice. We need to make the choice to learn from tonight. Use it as an experience of what didn't work and what did work for us. If we don't learn from it we won't be any better. We all made a promise to make that choice and choose to come back tomorrow to put in that effort and get ready for Benton next week," said Dolash.

The Trojans will be at Benton to take on the Bobcats (6-4 overall, 0-1 conference) next Tuesday, September 11.



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