Bruins serve up victory at home

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:02 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Lindsey McDaniel is a quick learner.

After losing last week to Hickman, the Bruins junior setter realized she, along with the rest of the team, was giving away too many points serving the ball into the net.

Consider that lesson learned after her six aces led Rock Bridge to a 25-16, 25-15 victory against the California Pintos.

“I’ve been having some rough serving times lately,” McDaniel said. “But tonight it was fun.”

McDaniel said she was discouraged by her poor serving but she didn’t know why her serves weren’t falling on the opposing side. She put three serves into the net against the Kewpies last Thursday.

In order to improve her serving, she said she didn’t change her mental approach. Instead, McDaniel worked on her serve in a more traditional way, hitting and placing serves over and over again all week in practice.

“I knew I just needed to get (the serve) in and I did,” McDaniel said. “Tonight I tried to serve it where I knew the weaker players were.”

Bruins coach Beth Newton said despite working with McDaniel on her serve, which included a consistent regiment of pushups, the serving performance was unexpected.

“Yesterday in practice she was serving like she had all last week,” Newton said. “So I don’t know. She’s going back to a better focus.”

After getting her timing down on her normal serve, the next step for McDaniel is working on her jump serve. She said that she hopes to be able to use it effectively in the next two or three games.

“It’s better in practice than it is in the game,” she said. “But it’s OK. It will come.”

Senior Amanda Hanson led the team with eight kills, including the last two Bruins points.

“Towards the end of the game it got a little frustrating because I really wanted to hit the ball,” Hanson said. “So I told her to serve it easier so we could get something back that we could hit at them.”

Hanson was on the receiving end of many of McDaniel’s sets. McDaniel led the team with 12 assists.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.