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.