Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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ump, set Some coaches talk about "winning years." Others talk about "building years." Women's volleyball coach Kathy Moore, however, didn't talk about either after the 1982 season. Instead, she talked about a "learning year" for a team that finished the season with a 3-20 record. The season began like any other. Coach Moore was ex- cited about her team although she knew she was dealing with a young group. Their enthusiasm and their sensitivity to each other's feelings made them a unique team, she said. After scrimmages against Tarleton State and Incarnate Word, Moore said she liked what she saw. The women were not used to playing together, but with time and practice she didn't forsee that as a problem. At that point in the season, Moore said her biggest problem was containing the women's eagerness so they wouldn't be disappointed when they were "less than perfect." Moore said she explained to the team that it was more desirable to have it reach its "peak" later in the season. At that time she laughted at the thought of winning every game. That, she said, "would be boring," On that basis then, the Wildcats had an exciting year. The team started the season in Moody Coliseum against Texas Tech. Moore said she anticipated a tough match - and indeed it was. The Wildcats lost four out of five games. Janice Hudson, the Tech coach, said that the ACU team had a good deal of pride and that she thought the team, though young, had the potential to be good. Practice and time - most observers prescribed the same thing. They didn't take into consideration, however, such factors as the rash of injuries that hit the team. No coach worth her salt likes to make excuses. But even Moore had to admit that it began to depress the women to prepare all week for a game and then have a player go out with an injury the day before the game. junior Karen DeArmond was the first to suffer from the bad luck - even before the first serve of the year - by spraining her ankle. It became obvious that misery really did love company when freshman Susan Ogle did the same to her ankle. junior Rhonda Rainwater outdid them both, however, by going all out and breaking her leg in a P,E. class. Freshman Stacy Atkinson then sprained her ankle - not once, but twice. And of course the injuries occurred just when the Wildcats were practicing particularly well and were apt to and learn win, crushing the women's spirits. As for the injured players themselves, Moore said usually it was not the pain on the in- juries but the fear of being hurt again that unconsciously prevented the women from pushing themselves. The Wildcats went seven matches before finally netting a win over Texas Woman's University, 15-6, 15-3. After that they lost two more games, and Moore had a depressed team on her hands. To combat the frustrations that were begin- ning to surface, Moore spent time with each of the women encouraging them to express themselves in the diaries she had asked them to keep and which she read. Throughout the season Moore stressed the use of open communication to avoid divisions in the group. With the disappointing string of losses the team was accumulating it would have been easy for the women to blame each other. That problem may have begun, said Moore, but it never took root. The season ended on a higher note, though, as the Wildcats got a lift by winning two matches in a row. The first, against Eastern New Mexico, was a real crowd-pleaser. ACU won the first game 15-12, lost the next one 14-16 and won the last game and the match, 15-10. The Cats' next win was over rival Howard Payne. ACU captured the victory by winning three out of five games. Opposite page: Michelle Hutto, 42, and Tina Higgins, 44, try to block this spike against West Texas State but miss as Kari Ward, 51, looks on. This page: During a timeout, Coach Kathy Moore, gives her players instructions. Volleyball f 171

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