The Grambling State volleyball team ended their last home game with a tight game against Texas Southern, Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Memorial Men’s
Gym, unfortunately, losing in three matches.
Grambling came out ready to work for the
win. Keeping the first match a tight
game, Grambling couldn’t pull through,
ending with a 20-25 match game. They
worked hard trying to give the crowd a
good game, but with no seniors on the team
this year it was up to the team as a whole
to work together as a unit.
“Having a young team this year was a
little rough! Talent and athletic ability they
have, consistency and discipline they lack,”
said Coach Demetria Keys-Johnson.
Teryn Phillips, a freshman from Houston, Texas, led the team with 12 digs, keeping the tough swings from Texas Southern off the ground. However, it seemed to have not been enough.
“I think we needed more heart and trust within each other and push to the end to finish the game,” said sophomore Desiree Bishop.
She feels as if the team wasn’t coming together as one like they know how to do. Bishop being ranked 4th in blocks in the Southwestern Athletic Conference was definitely a force on the team.
As the fight in the first match was undeniably a good one, the team seemed to have lost focus as the next matches approached. They lost the second and third matches with the scores 17-25 for both. Grambling ended the season with a record of 10-27.
“My vision for the future is to teach them how to eliminate as many distractions as possible, have faith in their skills, and focus more on their roles and responsibilities. Developing a team of leaders to help get us-Grambling volleyball on a winning track. Being able to compete is not good enough, our plan is to conquer and win!” Coach Johnson said.
She said that the team will work hard in the off season to break some old habits and to develop their hitters into finishers.