Bruins fight off strange week in victory

Rock Bridge prevails against Eldon in three tough games.
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:06 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It’s been a strange couple of days for the Rock Bridge volleyball team.

First, senior Amanda Hanson suffered a concussion in a car accident on Wednesday, and required stitches on her face.

Then the team didn’t have practice on Saturday, instead choosing to practice Sunday night.

Two players, junior Lindsey McDaniel and senior Addison Newton, weren’t at practice because McDaniel was at the final St. Louis Cardinals regular season game at Busch Stadium and Newton, a Mormon, couldn’t practice because of religious reasons.

Add that up and the result was the Bruins’ struggling to win 27-25, 24-26, 25-7 over the Eldon Mustangs Monday at Rock Bridge.

Hanson was announced in the starting lineup, but was replaced before the game started by senior libero (a defensive specialist) Kristen Stevens. McDaniel started the game in an unfamiliar spot. She sat on the bench because of missing Sunday’s practice and missed the first 13 points before entering for the Bruins (9-6).

“We were frazzled from the rotation,” outside hitter Lauren Jacobs said. “We’re so used to Lindsey, and I was used to playing next to her. It was different for us.”

Hanson, who had six kills, showed no signs of slowing down after the accident.

“We were driving and lost control and ran into a telephone pole near Rolling Hills (Veterinary Hospital),” Hanson said. “But I’m OK. No problems.”

Hanson laughed about the accident because there were no serious injuries and she was able to keep her focus on the game.

“Practice wasn’t as good as it should have been,” Hanson said. “We didn’t have a few players and it just kind of seemed slow. It probably carried over to tonight.”

Bruins coach Beth Newton said practice went well on Sunday and she was pleased with Hanson’s ability to come back from the accident and play well.

“The last game was my expectation of how we should play all the time,” Newton said. “We had a long weekend.”

Hanson, one of the tallest players on the team at 6 feet, blocked the undersized Mustangs throughout the first two games before Eldon started tipping balls over the bigger Bruins.

“We should have had a huge block up there every time,” Newton said. “When Amanda Hanson and Addy Newton are up there, we should know that they’re going to tip the ball over them. They’re going to hit it deep or tip it over them.”

The Bruins travel to take on Osage at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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