First-year head coach Brandi Alonzo is having to coach conservatively to protect the remaining healthy players on the roster. As of Monday, the team had 10 girls able to play.
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Brandi Alonzo certainly didn't draw it up this way.
The first-year softball head coach at Viterbo University is having to deal with more than her share of adversity in the first few months of her tenure. The V-Hawks are struggling to stay healthy, and put a lineup together, just weeks into the 2015 season. Currently only 10 girls are able to play, Alonzo said at practice Monday. Injuries, preseason commitments, and an already thin roster have contributed to a 3-19 start on the year. Alonzo said she's doing everything she can to keep remaining healthy players out of harm's way.
But Alonzo and her team are not making excuses. Alonzo said she hasn't lowered her expectations at all considering the position her team is in, and her players agree.
"We can still go into every game hoping to play our best, win," senior Jenna Engh said. "We always want to come out with a win. Injuries set us back but we still fight."
"I still think that we have the opportunity every time we go out there to beat whoever we're playing against, I really do," Alonzo said. "Maybe I should lower that but I can't. I think I have a great group of girls. Even for 10 girls, I think we can go out there and compete and beat whoever we play against."
Viterbo will host a doubleheader against Saint Ambrose University on Tuesday, April 7.
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