Volleyball coach looking for fire

Chelsea Peck
Junior Dana Jablonski prepares to serve.

The Dunlap volleyball team has had some bad days, but is still fighting.

Coach Jennifer Bartlett said the team has had its ups and downs, and she hopes to find even ground.

“Our team is so up or we’re so down. My biggest concern for them right now is to find a happy medium because we have to fight really hard to come back after two or three disappointing losses,” she said.

The team played in an invitational in Moline Oct. 2, which helped pull them out of a rut.

“They played really, really well. They had kind of come off from a slump where they had lost, I think, two or three straight, so it was a great tournament to come back to. They regained a lot of confidence,” Bartlett said.

The Lady Eagles, (25-19, 25-8), lost to Metamora Oct. 7.

“We had another huge disappointing loss where it seemed like we didn’t even show up to the game against Metamora,” she said. “There’s times where you can get beat but get beat by trying and pushing, but there’s times where we flat out lose. We didn’t even give them a fight.”

Bartlett said she hopes the team can get their confidence back in practice, which can lead them to more wins.

“I’m trying to figure out how to get them going — whatever it is I have to do to try to put fire under them. It’s a team effort.”

The team played in the Dixon tournament Saturday and Canton Tuesday. They play at East Peoria at 7 p.m. Thursday.