By Taylor Forrest
Staff reporter

The Southwestern volleyball team isn’t playing volleyball anymore. Now, they are playing a waiting game.

After their last matches for the regular conference season, their fate is now determined by Mcpherson’s record. If McPherson beats St. Mary’s, then their season is over, but if St. Mary’s pulls the win then they will still be in the fight.

The tournament started out slow Saturday for the Lady Builders. They lost to Sterling 3-0, with the scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-19. Sarah Loesing, junior outside hitter, said, “We started out slow against Sterling, and we had a lot of errors. When it comes down to it, we just weren’t playing to our potential.

Despite being handed that grueling loss, members of the team still stood out with hard work and perseverance. Brittaney Craddock, junior outside hitter, had ten kills. While Carly Matthews, freshman defensive specialist, also supported the team with 13 digs.

After their loss against Sterling, the Lady Builders came out fighting for their next match. They pulled a win against Grace 3-0, ending their regular conference season with a strong win. “We wanted to end the season with a win. So we had the will to end the season with a win, and we did,” said Craddock.

Brittaney Craddock fired off with another ten kills for this match as well. Jenna Goscha, freshman setter, had 22 assists, and Carly Matthews finished with 20 digs.

Carolina Garbato, head volleyball coach, reminisced about the season and talked about the future ahead for the lady builders. She said, “Whether we make it into playoffs or not, we have gotten a lot accomplished. We haven’t had a perfect season, but we’ve gotten better with every win and loss. I’m just ready to put the hard work in for next year.”

*UPDATE: McPherson defeated Saint Mary after this story was posted. This means the Lady Builders have finished their 2014-15 volleyball year. The team ended their play standing 9th in the conference with a 7-20 overall record.

Taylor Forrest is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email her at taylor.forrest@sckans.edu.