There is something to be said about the home opener for an athletic team huge crowd, excited players, plenty of noise but in the case of the Cameron volleyball program, that makes the job of the head coach a little tougher.
Last night from the outset it was obvious that the Aggies just weren't totally in sync and to make matters worse, their first home foe was Dallas Baptist, which has already racked up six wins, three of those in the Heartland Conference.
The Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 start and that was more than the inconsistent Aggies could overcome as they fell 3-1. The set scores were 25-23, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-19. Those scores reflect just how evenly matched the two teams were, but CU just couldn't make enough big plays when the outcome was in jeopardy.
"What I saw out there tonight was five players who were making their first start at home before a big crowd," head coach Doug Tabbert said. "They were a little wide-eyed. That is what that first home match is all about, getting over those nerves. The good thing: it wasn't in (Lone Star) conference."
However, now the Lone Star schedule does begin Friday when Texas A&M-Kingsville comes to town for a 7 p.m. match. Then Saturday afternoon Incarnate Word visits the Aggie Gym. Since the Aggies are already 0-2 in conference, they need to change that around in a hurry.
One things you have to admire about Tabbert is that he's not one to make excuses, even though he's lost one of his leading attackers from last season in Kelle Carver and the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Julisia Ocasio, plus two other players. Still he isn't griping and the reason is very simple.