Practice makes perfect

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Theresa Wohldmann, Contributing Writer

 

The volleyball team had seven matches over the past two weekends. It traveled to Austin College for a tough tournament Sept. 7 – 8 playing against Rhodes College, Schreiner University, University of St. Thomas, Concordia University, and Dallas Christian College. The first four matches did not fall in favor of the University of Dallas. The individual mistakes all around brought the team down and forced the girls to fight for every point. There were some good plays, especially a few serving comebacks by senior Theresa Wohldmann. The last match of the weekend ended in an easy win, but it was not the way the team was hoping to leave the weekend.

Christina Jablonsky jumps up to block the opponent. –Photo by Luke Holloman

After a losing weekend, the team pushed hard in practice to improve its game and correct those mistakes it made. On Saturday, Sept. 15, it showed that its hard work had paid off. The first match against Arlington Baptist College ended in three sets (25-12, 25-18, 26-24). This was a chance for some changes in the lineup, including putting many freshmen out on the court, and the team still prevailed.

The second match was against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. Working hard to play their best volleyball, the Lady Crusaders strove for perfection. The match was won in three sets (25-6, 25-10, 25-15), leaving the team with encouragement and more confidence for the next week.

When asked about the games on Sept. 15, senior Captain Emily Meyers said, “The difference in attitude and intensity in practice this week showed in how well we played together.”

The Crusaders travel to Southwestern University to play in their first conference matches this weekend, hoping to bring home more wins.

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