Just like that.

    After only one game of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play, the Conqs volleyball team has already surpassed last year's conference win total. It took five sets to get it done, but Dodge City squeezed by the Barton County CC Cougars 25-13, 22-25, 28-26, 19-25, 15-12.

    Conqs volleyball head coach Shaun Pohlman said the Conqs got into the bad habit of starting sets slowly, but were able to make the necessary rallies to put Barton away in the end. In the second and fourth set losses, Pohlman said, the serve of right side/middle blocker Robin Somogyi was the only reason that the scores ended up being as close as they were.


Just like that.
    After only one game of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play, the Conqs volleyball team has already surpassed last year's conference win total. It took five sets to get it done, but Dodge City squeezed by the Barton County CC Cougars 25-13, 22-25, 28-26, 19-25, 15-12.
    Conqs volleyball head coach Shaun Pohlman said the Conqs got into the bad habit of starting sets slowly, but were able to make the necessary rallies to put Barton away in the end. In the second and fourth set losses, Pohlman said, the serve of right side/middle blocker Robin Somogyi was the only reason that the scores ended up being as close as they were.
    "We moved some girls around and tried out some different rotations," Pohlman said. "We played really solid once we got back to our normal rotation and kept the pace of the game steady."
    In the three set wins for his Conqs, Pohlman said his team's consistency was what put them over the top for their first KJCCC win in more than a year. While acknowledging that his team had gotten the conference-win monkey off their back, Pohlman was already looking at what the team was going to focus on in upcoming matches.
    "This was a huge boost for us," Pohlman said. "Knowing that two tough conference competitors are coming up on the schedule, we knew we had to get off to a good start. They're (Garden City CC and Hutchinson CC) going to be even tougher than Barton."
    Pohlman had added fuel to his players' fire in practice, chiding his girls about Barton outside hitter Jordan Nettleingham, who transferred there from DCCC before the start of the 2008 season.
    "I did that primarily to put pressure on them," Pohlman said. "We're going to need to learn how to play with that pressure. It'll help us later in the season when the games really mean everything."
    But before the Conqs' next conference matches, Pohlman's team will go back to Colorado Friday for a two-day double-tri match between Dodge City, Otero Junior College and Colorado Northwestern CC. The Conqs will play a match against each of the teams on both Friday and Saturday at Otero in La Junta, Colo.
    "This weekend is primarily going to be a learning experience for us," Pohlman said. He added that the team will install new formations and that the coaching staff was willing to sacrifice wins this weekend in order to be more prepared for the tough conference matches that are around the corner in mid-September.