Knox’s volleyball team (4-24, 0-9) will not be concerned about trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Instead, they will be worried about the University of Dubuque Spartans, who the Prairie Fire face at 1 p.m. in Dubuque, Iowa.
Back on Sept. 5, Knox played the Spartans in Jacksonville, Ill. and lost to them in three sets: 25-10, 25-19 and 25-13.
But Halloween will not be like Sept. 5, if the Prairie Fire comes out strong and ghosts do not haunt them.
“The thing is with this team, if we come out strong than nothing can stop us,” senior Karen Frost said. “We get our confidence up — everybody goes out swinging and everybody is ready. You can see it on their faces. If we can harness that energy then we shouldn’t have any problems. We just need to find it. It is in every girl on the court.”
Win or lose, the match against the Spartans ends the Prairie Fire’s season. Even though the team has not achieved a lot of victories, their coach is not let down.
“I am not disappointed in the effort, the dedication and the development that they have showed from the beginning to the end,” head coach Kim Schrader said. “We started young and we have grown together. We have made consistent improvements along the way. I think there has been a couple matches during the season that we let get away. I feel like we are a little bit better team than our record shows. It would have been nice if we could have pulled those out and made our record a more accurate reflection of what we think we have accomplished.
“Being young and being not quite where you wish you were in terms of wins and losses has to prove as a springboard for the future. This is a great team. They have stuck together. They have worked hard. We just need to continue to build on where we have come from to where we are at now.”
Last two matches
On Wednesday night, Knox traveled to Grinnell, Iowa to face the Pioneers of Grinnell College (13-15, 5-4). The Prairie Fire lost in three sets: 25-23, 25-13 and 25-14.
The Prairie Fire traveled to Beloit, Wis. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and played the Buccaneers of Beloit College, who keep their Midwest Conference record unblemished at 7-0. Knox lost in three sets: 25-15, 25-10 and 25-13.
“Beloit is a good team, and I feel like we played our best. But also, good teams have the ability to force you to make mistakes, and we made mistakes,” Schrader said.