Emily Caples, Contributing Writer
In their third weekend of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play, the Lady Crusaders headed to Shreveport, La., to play against Centenary College, Colorado College and Austin College.
In Friday’s game against Centenary, the ladies came out strong, playing well and remaining calm. They were successful, taking the match in three games (25-16, 25-19, 25-15).
Saturday began with a rough match against Colorado College. With a collective hitting percentage of only .105 and an ineffective block that produced only three team blocks, the Lady Crusaders allowed Colorado to take advantage of the errors on UD’s side of the net. The match went to Colorado in three games (25-17, 26-24, 25-10).
Still affected by the loss to Colorado College, the Lady Crusaders headed into the match against Austin College. To help keep their demeanor in check, they loosened up a little in a pre-warm-up exercise, playing with only their heads and feet.
Once the warm-up began, however, it was back to business: The ladies were “eager to play and ready to win,” according to freshman Allison Seager.
Thankfully, the Crusaders were not affected by their mistakes and played for each point as it came to them. Each player did her part and expected that her teammates would do the same.
The second game was close, thanks to many service errors, but the Lady Crusaders did not become frantic. Instead, the team made a more concentrated effort to defend and attack. Dallas thoroughly beat Austin College in three games (25-17, 26-24, 25-10). The victory marked the first time in at least five years that the Crusaders have triumphed over the ’Roos. The team headed home victorious and exuberant.