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The Niagara Knights women’s volleyball team lost its game at Daemen College on Oct. 12 against the Wildcats.
The Knights played their first exhibition game against the 20/9 Wildcats, in Amherst, N.Y. The game went all five sets instead of the normal best of five. The Knights lost all five.
“We have to keep things relative with our team. We played a very experienced team that is doing very well in their respective league,” said head coach Joey Martins. “Us playing our first game together as a team, we didn’t do too poorly.”
Lindsay Murray, co-captain and outside hitter for the Knights, said, “It’s not the greatest game we will ever have. It’s one of those things that’s going to be in the past very soon.”
The team played better as the game went on, said Martins, calling the improvement “a good sign.”
The team lacked experience and coaching staff because Cheryl Silva, assistant coach, was not at the game.
“I toned my coaching down because our assistant coach was not able to be there, so I needed to be both good cop and bad cop as one coach,” said Martins.
The team went in with some “jitters,” said Martins, and the players weren’t totally comfortable playing next to one another.
“We practice a lot. However, [we] won’t know what we have until we step on the court.”
Marieka Ouimette, co-captain and middle, said, “I thought we would do a lot better since I know we can do better.”
Martins agreed.“We just have to get them to believe in themselves, each other and us as coaches. When we do this, we will be on the right path to reaching our goal of making provincial championships.”