Volleyball team overcomes obstacles in WEM tournament

TCU’s Gracie Wenger returns a volley in the game against Southwest Christian. (Wade Young photo)

The TCU Volleyball Team went into Saturday’s tournament at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School on the heels of 3-0 losses to Southwest Christian and Jordan. Coach Renae Chappuis said her team started out slow and without energy.

However, the girls did one thing that has always been an obstacle: beat the mental block.

“The team was able to turn things around and start playing our game. This is exciting for this team as their one weakness has always been the mental games not the physical game,” Chappuis stated.

The tournament finished with WEM taking first place 6-0. Second was NOVA Classical Academy 5-1, and third was TCU at 3-3. Grand Meadow took fourth with 3-3, Cleveland fifth with 2-4, Minnesota Valley Lutheran, sixth with 2 wins and four losses, and St. Clair in last place with no wins.

“The remaining part of the day went so well,” the coach said. “This volleyball team continues to build skills, and all that hard work is starting to show through.”

TCU was beat by WEM (25-12, 25-6), MVL (25-21, 25-21), and NOVA (25-13, 19-25). However, the Titans beat St. Clair (25-21, 25-22), GM (28-26, 25-19) and CL (25-21, 22-25).

Chappuis said she has been asking a lot from all of the players.

“Being a new coach to this program, I believe that all players need to be well-rounded and be able to play any position at any time. This has been a hard adjustment for the players and fans as well. These changes are starting to show....

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