The Faith Eagles hosted the annual Spikefest Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. Teams included National NCCAA 2015 champion Maranatha Baptist University, and national teams Ozark Christian College, Dallas Christian University and Manhattan Christian College. Faith came up short in each game they played, falling to 1-4 on the season.
The Eagles began pool play against Ozark Christian College claiming a set one win. Unable to sustain consistent play Faith fell three consecutive sets losing the match 3-1. "We battle hard at different stages of matches we just struggle with sustaining consistency," mentioned coach Lanny Nihart.
Faith next played Dallas Christian University and again came out strong taking set one only to find themselves searching for another win and losing 3-1. The Eagles ended pool play Saturday morning in a tough five set match against Baptist Bible College of Springfield, Missouri only to suffer a 3-2 loss. "Without looking at statistics we know our attack percentage, digging and blocking all are low marks. On the offensive side we need to establish more purpose when hitting and we are not producing any offense from serve receive," stated Nihart. The Eagles played Cottey College for 7th place and found themselves on the short end of a 3-0 score. "Hopefully, we can add back some of the players in the near future who have been out due to injury and concussion protocol to provide us additional rotation strength," noted Nihart.
The Eagles return to play this coming Friday traveling to Minneapolis, Minnesota and participating in a five team tournament. The Eagles first round match will be Grinnell College, followed by host and NCCAA regional rival North Central University. The Eagles conclude tournament play on Saturday against Providence University College and Trinity Bible College.