The El Dorado Wildcats volleyball team continues to have moments of greatness on the court, but then succomb to unforced errors that force the team to suffer defeat in matches.


The El Dorado Wildcats volleyball team continues to have moments of greatness on the court, but then succomb to unforced errors that force the team to suffer defeat in matches.
The Wildcats finished 1-2 in their quadrangular with Winfield, Rose Hill and Wichita Collegiate; but eliminating the miscues could have given the host team a few more marks under the win column.
El Dorado beat Winfield in two games (25-12, 25-17) before losing to Rose Hill in two games (25-15, 25-21) and Collegiate in three games (25-7, 22-25, 25-15).
“There were a bunch of positives tonight and we need to keep building on that, but we just have touble with unforced errors,”?said El Dorado coach Jane Squires. “Our serving has helped us last week and this week and it’s reallly been picking up.
“We just can’t wait and see how things are going to be like. We have to come out of the gate and be aggressive; to come out to win.”
Haley Bergen had eight assists and five aces for the Wildcats in their victory over Winfield; while Jaimie House recorded four kills as they swept the league match.
“Our serving was good and we watched them over at their tournament, so we kind of knew about them,”?Squires said. “We came out with a better mindset with them.”
Rose Hill took advantage of a slow start by the Wildcats in the second match, scoring 14 of the first 19 points, winning the first game. The Rockets and El Dorado were in a see-saw battle that saw the Wildcats rally to get within a point of Rose Hill before giving up the last three points in the loss.
House and Rachael West had three kills apiece, while Bergen had five assists.
“We came back a couple of times and I thought we should have had that (second) game.”
Collegiate took full control of the first game and looked to have had the second well in hand before El Dorado scored the final five points to force a third game.  The two teams battled until the Spartans rattled off a seven-point run and coasted to the match victory.
Bergen had five kills, while Lindsay Klein recorded four aces in the loss.
“Collegiate has these great setters who like to dump over the net,”?Squires said. “We picked up on those dumps in the second game, but we acted like we forgot about them in the third. That was the difference in the game.”
El Dorado is now 7-13 overall and 3-5 in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III?standings. The Wildcats’ next action will be Saturday at the Douglass Invitational.