UD volleyball meets success at SCAC tourney

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Danielle Fuchs
Contributing Writer

-------Photo by Luke Hollomon------- Freshman Catherine “C.J.”’ Broadbent sets the ball for the Lady Crusaders in their match against Arlington Baptist College.

This past weekend the University of Dallas volleyball team headed to San Antonio, Texas to compete in their third SCAC tournament of the year.  The team battled against some tough teams, played very well and left feeling pleased with their wins.

Saturday’s first match against Sewanee University ended with a win for the Lady Crusaders.  The match went to four games and ended in Dallas’ favor (25-19; 24-26; 25-22; 25-16).  The team played well, scrambling to make plays on defense and dominating Sewanee with their offense.  Senior Liz Baska’s aggressive serving gave UD a huge advantage. Her six aces in the first match set the tone.

In the next match against Birmingham-Southern (AL), Dallas fought a good fight.  Unfortunately after four sets, UD was handed their first loss of the weekend.  The Lady Crusaders came out playing well; UD battled throughout the games, making plays and serving aggressively, but the match didn’t fall in UD’s favor (20-25; 19-25; 28-26; 11-25). In the two matches combined, junior Theresa Wohldmann notched 29 kills, while senior Danielle Fuchs finished right behind her with 28 kills.

Sunday morning brought an early (and long) match against Oglethorpe University (GA).  This lengthy match went to five sets, which forced Dallas to play hard, stay mentally tough, and finish the game.  UD came out slowly, losing the first and second game in the match. Before the third game, however, they flipped the switch, coming out strong and ready to work.  The girls would not let go of this match easily.  Although tired, the team played well; there were moments of greatness and moments of weakness. Fortunately, there were more moments of greatness for the Lady Crusaders, and UD won the match (24-26; 17-25; 25-19; 25-22; 16-14).

Winning this match was crucial to getting the team into rhythm for their final match of the weekend.

---------Photo by Luke Hollomon--------- Freshman Maria Stathoupolos dives for the ball to save the play against Arlington Baptist College. The Lady Crusaders triumphed 3-0.

The final match against Centre College (KY) showed UD’s incredible fight and desire to win. This match went to four sets and brought Dallas their final victory of the weekend.  The team went out with the mission to dominate, and they did just that (25-18; 25-23; 23-25; 25-21).  Wohldmann rocked the court with an impressive 20 kills while teammates Fuchs and Baska added 15 and 14 kills, respectively.  Junior Amanda Kitten contributed by setting “butter balls” to the UD offense; her assists totaled a remarkable 53 in the Centre match.

Wohldmann reflected on the weekend, “I’m so proud of our hard work this weekend.  We have moments of frustration, but each individual player was able to step up and make a play, or “better the ball” when it was necessary.  We felt very successful coming home with three conference wins!”

The Lady Crusaders found great success this weekend, not only in their wins, but in their ability to finish matches. Come support your Lady Crusaders and see their talent at the last few home games: this Saturday in the Maher Athletic Center at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and finally at Senior Night on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Seniors Liz Baska, Danielle Fuchs and Rachel McGillivray will be recognized for their contribution to the University of Dallas volleyball program.

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