Shiloh Christian is happy to be in the state tournament.
“You get super excited knowing that you have accomplished going this far,” senior outside hitter Jesse Ebach said.
However, being the tournament is not enough. One issue for small schools, like Shiloh Christian, is preparing for a first round matchup without video to study. So, the Skyhawks used common opponents played to see how they might fare.
“We have played a couple of the teams [Thompson has] played,” co-head coach Lisa Wingerter said. “We beat Hazen, and they lost to the them. We tied with Trinity and they lost to Trinity.”
Shiloh also uses stats. The coaches look at where the majority of the points come from to estimate who are Thompson’s strongest players.
“[Thompson’s] hitters are their middle blockers.” Wingerter said. “The middle blockers are the ones with the most kills. So I think they have a really good strong middle attack.”
So since the numbers say the Tommies are strong the middle, the Skyhawks know what drills to run in practice.
“We’ll probably do a lot of blocking,” Wingerter said. “Focusing on blocking in the middle. So we can try to take care of that element because that seems to be a strong point.”
For Ebach and the rest of Shiloh Christian, this is a difficult time. Since the players say knowing specifics are hard, the team will prepare for every phase of the match.
“It’s hard when we really haven’t faced any of these teams and we don’t know how they play,” Ebach said. “So we just have to prepare for everything and be well prepared.”
Shiloh Christian lost their first-round match to Thompson, so the Skyhawks will play Dickinson Trinity Saturday at 11 a.m. for seventh place.