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Game Recap

Lady Monsters Struggle in Opening Tournament

Twin Fall, ID --

The College of Southern Idaho volleyball tournament was an unfriendly place for visiting Eastern Arizona College over the weekend. Playing some of the best competition in the country, the Gila Monsters did not register a win in the seven matches they played. "Not having Islynne (Ward)-my injured setter-was huge," EAC coach Shari Kay said. "We really should have been 5-2, and not having her really hurt us." Kay wasn't overly concerned about the result of the tournament because the level of competition was very high, and the team was playing shorthanded. In addition to not having the services of Ward, Gabriela Barsante has not yet arrived from Brazil. The team hopes to have her by Aug. 30. "We didn't play well. We played well against CSI (College of Southern Idaho), the defending national champion, and Salt Lake, which was top 10 last year. The rest of the time we just did not play well," Kay said.

Kay still sees the tournament as a positive experience because the level of competition at the tournament is higher than the team will see in its own conference. She believes a big reason the team has not come together yet is that the team has so many freshmen. "They do a lot of freshmen things. There's a lot of aspects of the game they think they know because they played in high school, but they get to college and it's a different world," Kay said. She saw good things out of Tiffany Godfrey, Alisha Zachary and Adrianne Galeai at the tournament. "Now we know what we need to work on, and we're going to work hard," Kay said. The team does not yet know if or when Ward will be able to play. She injured her knee in a scrimmage on Aug. 19. Kay expects to know the extent of the injury by Aug. 29.

Story written by Brian Wright at the Eastern Arizona Courier (428-2560 ext.235 or sportsguy@eacourier.com).