Emily Caples, Contributing Writer
This weekend, the women’s volleyball team traveled to Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX to compete in four matches. The team played Trinity University, Texas Lutheran University, Schreiner University and Southwestern University.
The women came out strong on the first day, mentally prepared to play Trinity, one of the top teams in the conference.
But throughout the games, the women were insufficiently focused, and their emotions played too large a part in the games.
Ultimately, Saturday’s games resulted in two three-game losses (25-17, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-16, 25-17, 25-16, respectively).
Sunday’s games began with a match against Schreiner, but the Crusaders waited until the middle of the second game – when freshman Anna Fazio (DS) stepped in to reignite drive on the court – to really compete.
Throughout the match, however, the Crusaders made technical errors, and the team fell in three sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-17).
The game against Southwestern started out strong, but once more the team’s demeanor was lackluster, and it began to lose momentum.
The women made a good showing in the third game, with each player fighting with and for each other to earn the next point. But their efforts were in vain and they ultimately fell in three sets (25-18, 25-11, 26-24).
One of the main causes of the losses this weekend was the inability, on both an individual and a team level, to play each and every point with the calm, energized, confident intensity with which they tend to play the first 10 points and the last 10 points of every game.