UD volleyball plays for first time in SCAC tournament

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Danielle Fuchs
Contributing Writer

The University of Dallas women’s volleyball team travelled to Sherman, Texas to play in their first tournament in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Western Divisional this past weekend.  As the season progresses, the Lady Crusaders continue to face difficult competition.  The SCAC competition proved to be better than what Dallas had faced earlier in the season.

Friday night’s match against Trinity went four sets, ending with a loss for Dallas (20-25; 15-25; 25-23; 18-25).  Dallas played well from the outset, and there were moments of greatness throughout the match.  Trinity made many offensive plays, and Dallas needed to answer back.  When the Lady Crusaders did just this, fighting back with crisp passing and power hitting, they were “playing their game”, and Trinity struggled to respond.  Junior Theresa Wohldmann notched a very impressive 16 kills against the Tigers.  Although Dallas played well throughout the match, a little extra focus and precision would have had a huge impact on the results.

Saturday brought some new challenges for the team.  In addition to playing two of the most difficult teams on their schedule, Dallas lost one of their key players to a back injury.  Although this would require a change in lineup and responsibilities, the ladies were confident in the additional players thrown into the mix.  Everyone on the women’s volleyball team contributes; everyone is capable of coming in and making a difference, and that is exactly what those young players did.  They proved to be up to the challenge of contributing in big games, and that is what they did for two matches on Saturday.

The first match, against Southwestern University, ended in three sets (13-25; 18-25; 19-25).  This match was a tough loss. The ladies played hard, but the game didn’t fall in their favor.  Some great numbers came from sophomore Laura Yokell, with six kills (and no errors), and junior libero Emily Meyers, who recorded 17 digs.

In the second match, UD brought a lot of energy, focus and power.  Dallas played rival team, Austin College, for the first time this year.  In the first sets, the Lady Crusaders kept focus even when things got difficult.  Dallas battled it out with their rival, losing the first match 24-26.  The second match brought a tough 25-22 victory for the Lady Crusaders.  The third game was a quick loss with a score of 14-25.  Then the tide swung back in Dallas’ favor as the ladies came out and dominated the fourth set, winning 25-16.  The Lady Crusaders began the fifth and final set in a hole, but after strong serving and several clean-up plays, Dallas evened things up with Austin College.  After a tough fight, UD lost in the fifth set, 11-15.

Dallas came out with fire against rival Austin College, and several players performed considerably well despite the loss. Wohldmann rocked the court with a weekend high of 22 kills.  Senior Liz Baska and freshman Emily Caples notched 19 and 12 kills, respectively.  Junior setter Amanda Kitten ran the offense with 55 assists while Meyers recorded an impressive 5.8 digs per game.

For her solid performance on the court, Meyers received recognition as the SCAC defensive player of the week.  Caples was also recognized for great performance by the SCAC this season.

On Friday night Kitten set a University of Dallas volleyball record with her 2,706th assist.  This is the third assist record that Kitten has set at UD.  Last season Kitten set the single-season assist record with 1,396 assists.

Today the Lady Crusaders head to Waxahachie, Texas to play Southwestern Assemblies of God University at 7 p.m.  This weekend Dallas hits the road again with another SCAC-sponsored tournament in Memphis, TN.

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