When rebuilding a program - its always interesting to test your squad against the best and truly see how far you've really come. If last weekend was any indication for Enterprise, coach Amy Sturtevant has her team heading in the right direction.
In a grueling home schedule last weekend, the Outlaws team held its own against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in league. Enterprise kicked off the weekend with senior night on Friday and didn't disappoint the fans. The Outlaws shut down Stanfield in four sets 13-25, 25-17, 25-18, and 25-23.
"The first set, I think we came out a little nervous and our lineup was still trying to get comfortable with one another," Sturtevant said. "It was to come away with a win on senior night...we were able to give the seniors significant amount of playing time."
A few seniors were able to step up their game and shine when they needed to. Rachael Schaefer led the Outlaws with nine assists. Two-seniors led Enterprise on defense - Liane Maasdam set a team record with 19 digs - Nicole Santiago contributed 12 digs and one block.
"Stanfield played better in the fourth...but we were able to come together and pull it out," Sturtevant said.
After what seemed to be a perfect night for the Outlaws - Saturday would be a test of will. Against undefeated Weston-McEwen - Enterprise was competitive but came up short in three sets 21-25, 16-25, and 18-25. Theresa Stangel had six kills and three digs in the loss.
"As a team, Enterprise served 10 aces with Schaefer leading the way with three. The road would not get any easier as it faced Rhondie Kohr's squad: Union. The Bobcats were able to take advantage of some tired legs and dominate Enterprise 22-25, 17-25 and 13-25. Once again, the Outlaws defense did play well. Enterprise compiled 50 digs in an effort to stay competitive. Leading the offense for Enterprise was Theresa Stangel with four kills and Schaefer with six assists.
"I don't think the scores necessarily reflect on how much we improved because we did play well. But I think we were a little nervous playing against the top two teams. But we stayed mentally tough and hung in there," Sturtevant said.
Enterprise will need to rebound from the weekend rapidly as the team hits the road to play Elgin Tuesday and Weston Saturday.