This weekend, No. 25 Carroll volleyball travels to Billings to face No. 6 Rocky Mountain. Last season, the teams split their regular season matchups, with each team winning on the opponent’s court. The Fighting Saints hope to pull another upset at Rocky.
After a winning 10 of their last 12 matches, Carroll College gets a week off before facing its toughest test of the season. Despite winning their last six games, Coach Maureen Boyle needs to see more consistency.
“That consistency piece is extremely important,” Coach Boyle said.
With no mid-week game, Coach Mo will hold normal practices. However, Senior Captain Natalie Kassa said she sees little changes that remind the team this weekend’s showdown is important.
“We have a little more consequences for miscommunications or poor playing,” Kassa said. “So we have been doing a little bit of extra running.”
The extra conditioning might pay off. The last match went five games before Carroll walked away with a road victory. This time, Carroll hopes to win straight games. Senior Paige Montgomery shares the game plan.
“We’ve been working a lot on hitting efficiency and keeping the ball on the court,” Montgomery said, “cutting down on our errors and letting them make the errors.”
Oct. 1 is important because the Frontier Conference standings are tight. Only two games separate the top teams from the bottom teams. A close race keeps the ladies focused on improving every day.
“All you can do in volleyball is either get better or get worse,” Coach Boyle said. “We have to continue to get better. If you learn one thing, you have to continue to find something else.”