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Merced College volleyball looking for stability

Outside hitter Kayla Ryan and the MC volleyball team will look to defend their title when they host the ninth annual Coca-Cola Blue Devil Classic today.
Outside hitter Kayla Ryan and the MC volleyball team will look to defend their title when they host the ninth annual Coca-Cola Blue Devil Classic today. SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG

Consistency hasn't been the Merced College volleyball team's strong point this season.

A veteran Lady Devil squad has only put together consecutive wins once this season, and that came after a terrible showing in the opening round of the Modesto Classic.

Even the victories haven't been easy. MC has struggled to maintain momentum within matches.

Wednesday's victory at Chabot was a perfect example.

The Lady Devils (4-3) found themselves in a 2-0 hole before it came to life and pulled out the 3-2 win.

"We've had a habit of coming out flat and then we start building momentum," sophomore middle blocker Beth Flowers said. "It feels like this preseason has been pretty experimental.

"Once we get our rotation set, I think we're going to be fine."

MC will look to right the ship today when it defends its title in the ninth annual Coca-Cola Blue Devil Classic.

Gavilan and American River will square off at 11 a.m., with MC taking on Diablo Valley at 1 p.m.

The two winning teams will play for the title.

"We should come out and smash," sophomore outside hitter Nicole Blades said. "There's no excuse for us not winning.

"We have the potential, now we just need to follow through."

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