Theresa Wohldmann, Contributing Writer
The volleyball team started its season on Aug. 31. The team, however, had been practicing three times a day before its initial game. Preseason is always an exciting time as old friends catch up and new bonds are forged. The girls’ work ethic was unparalleled as they prepared for their first game, which was also their first home game.
Starting the season at home is always enjoyable because the girls get to show off all their hard work in front of the University of Dallas community. The first match of the season against Sul Ross State University brought some first game jitters, especially for the three starting freshmen: Cat Dowgwillo, Hannah Glick, and Jaime Birzer. The seniors, libero Emily Meyers and outside Theresa Wohldmann, were able to get the team focused and off to a good start, ending the match in three sets (25-19, 25-23, 26-24).
The weekend continued to be a showcase of hard work and determination. The Crusaders defeated Westminster College (MO) fairly easily in three sets (25-22, 25-11, 25-12). The next morning was more of a challenge for the girls, but they still pulled out the win against Kean University in three sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-19).
The most exciting match of the weekend was the final game vs. Alma College. Fighting back and forth throughout the match, neither team gave up, and no one team was obviously better than the other. The match went to five sets. UD fell short in the end (26-28, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21,10-15), but the girls played well and learned what they needed to work on to prepare for the matches to come.
Congratulations to sophomore Emily Caples, who was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s offensive player of the week for her outstanding performance in the weekend’s matches. Come support the Lady Crusaders this Saturday, at 1:30 and 3 p.m.