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Mindset focus for Trojans as they move through season

September 11, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It's been no secret that South Tama has struggled with the level of competition since moving back into the WaMaC West Conference in 2014. But with a new coach comes a new focus. Samantha Cantonwine is embracing the difficulty and is working to teach her girls to learn from the level of competition rather than to succumb to the pressure of it.

It's a mindset she admittedly didn't always have as a player herself just four years ago. As a coach she recognizes her own mindset had to change. She put her own growth into action as the Trojans travelled to Clear Creek-Amana last week to face the Class 4A 10th ranked Clippers in their first conference contest of the season.

It was the first time the Trojans had seen true power hitters this season. Hailey Polluck and Calia Clubb led the Clippers to a 3-0 shut out of the Trojans last Thursday. Polluck is a junior middle blocker, opposite/right side player who according to is committed to Western Illinois University. Clubb is just a sophomore but at 6'1 is surely already getting looks from colleges. Both girls play club ball for the Iowa Rockets.

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STC’s Laurel Upah with a dig on Thursday, September 5. The Trojans played Clear Creek-Amana for the first WaMaC west conference contest of the season.
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Final scores from the night were 25-16 in set one, 25-20 in set two and 25-12 in set three. Leading the Trojans in attacks was freshman Kortney Babinat with 8. Morgan Woosley and Morgan Haughey were 7-7 and 6-6 in serves. Clarissa Rosenberger donned the libero jersey and finished with 10 digs. Babinat and Gwen Upah each had two blocks.

"The first two games were great. They played really well and I saw good things. The last game not so much. I think what we are trying to do right now is change our mindset from WaMaC being high level competition but now lets take this as an opportunity to learn from them. I was telling my girls on the bench to watch their hitter Calia Clubb. This is what I mean when I saw transition or this is what I mean when I say load. So yes it is a tough level of competition but I want to change our mindset to looking at it as a positive thing so we can learn from them. If we play a team that is right at our level we won't learn as much as we will playing a WaMaC team," said Cantonwine.

The Trojans did capture their first win of the season at the BCLUW Tournament on Saturday, September 7. The win puts their season record at 1-10. They play at Benton next Tuesday.



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