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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Lady Conqs look for consistency on court

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  • The fortunes of the Dodge City Community College volleyball team could be summed up in their final three games of the season.The Lady Conqs beat Garden City to secure the final spot in the 2012 regional tournament, went on to upset top-seed Seward County at the Green House in the first round of the regional, then were slammed by Garden City in the tournament semifinals at Newman University."We showed up for Seward, but I don't think we showed up for Garden in the semifinal, "We didn't play bad in the regional semifinals Only two players return from last year's squad: Utah twin sisters Camie and Janae Hunter. Camie was one of the top outside hitters for the Lady Conqs last season while Janae did most of her work as a defense specialist."They are going to be our leaders and are going to lead by example.The Lady Conqs have only one other sophomore: former DCHS star A'zylnn Thompson (receive specialist/setter). Thompson returns after transferring from Arkansas State. Dodge City also has three players with international experience in Canadians Annessa Hannem (outside hitter) and Sarah Glowa (middle blocker) and Serbian Ana Babovic (middle blocker)."The sisters are going to be our leaders by example on and off the court," Anthemides said. "We are lucky to have A'zlynn Thompson because she is a Division I player, but she decided to come back home. Her experience in leadership and experience will definitely help us."The eight remaining incoming players are from area high schools: Spearville's Emily Slattery (outside hitter) and Taylor Offerle (setter), Cimarron's Brandi Fairbank (middle blocker), Fowler's Cassie Dressler (outside hitter), Lakin's Darrie Rogers (outside hitter), Liberal's Cynthia Cisneros (defensive specialist/libero), Meade's Alyssa Rudzik (setter) and Manhattan's Colbi Brooks (defensive specialist/libero).The quicker the team meshes is how successful the team will be according to Anthemides and things are going the way he has planned since the start of the season. The squad has had a couple of scrimmages the first two weeks and the head coach likes what he has seen from the squad."We have to be consistent and the more the girls play together, then the better they'll get," Anthemides said. "We have very good talent individually, but we need to work on a team gameplan. We are a young team, but we have faith in the girls and they have faith in the system.There are really good signs of coming together and the players are following directions very well. It's just a matter of time before we become a solid team."VOLLEYBALLAug. 23-24 NM Military tourneyAug. 28 Colby, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 3 Friends JV, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 4 at Pratt, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 6-7 Otero (Colo.) tourneySept. 9 at Garden City, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 11 at Barton, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 16 at Frank Phillips, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 18 at Hutchinson, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 20-21 Allen InvitationalSept. 23 Cloud, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 25 Seward, 6:30 p.m.Sept. 27 Frank Phillips, 5:30 p.m.Sept. 28 at Lamar (McCook-Neb.), 3 p.m.Oct. 2 at Colby, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 7 Pratt, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 9 at Cloud, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 15 Barton, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 17 Hutchinson, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 18-19 at Air Force PrepOct. 22 at Seward, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 24 Garden City, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 25 at Friends JV, 7 p.m.Oct. 26 vs. McPherson JV (Wichita), 9 a.m.Nov. 1-3 Region VI tourney at Newman
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