Kansas City Kansas swept the Labette Cardinals at home in KJCCC play on Monday, pushing the Cardinals’ losing streak to five matches.
“It’s been injuries, fatigue and an unwillingness to change the pace of the game,” Labette head coach Haley Miller said. “We need to stop being stubborn.”
The Cardinals dropped both home matches at Saturday, losing 3-1 (25-15, 25021, 21-25, 25-10) to Seminole State and 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-9) to Allen.
In Monday’s match against Kansas City Kansas, the Cardinals led in the second set 22-16 before eventually dropping it, 28-26.
“We got complacent and thought they were just going to give up,” Miller said. “One thing goes wrong, then it turns into another and another and we can’t get out of it.”
Labette was stymied by injuries last week, missing as many as four starters including stat-stuffing sophomore Katie Bitner.
Bitner returned on Saturday but the Cardinals were still without backline staple Brooklyn Chase.
“It’d be nice to have her back,” Miller said. “All of my defensive girls have some nagging injury going on. So it’s just who’s going to have less of a worse night than the other and we see what happens.”
Monday’s loss dropped the Cardinals to 3-13 overall and 1-3 in KJCCC play. Kansas City Kansas improved to 12-3 and 2-2 respectively.
A six-game home stretch punctuates on Wednesday with a match against NEO A&M.
“I haven’t gotten a chance to look at them. But it doesn’t matter if we can’t handle our side of the net,” Miller said. “We’ve got to control our controllables. We’ve got to stick to a gameplan from beginning to end.”