Emily Caples, Contributing Writer
In the last week of play before the SCAC tournament, the University of Dallas volleyball team had a full roster of games. Tuesday featured the last home game, a loss to the University of Texas at Dallas. UTD made fewer errors, and kept the play on its side of the net clean. In contrast, instead of just playing, UD was overly focused on not making mistakes, which resulted in exactly the opposite. The match ended in three games (25-13, 25-14, 25-17).
On Thursday, the team headed to Howard Payne University to play during HPU’s senior night. After losing the first two games in a close battle, each above 25 points (31-33, 25-27), the ladies fought back to defeat HPU and take the match in the next three games (25-23, 25-16, 15-8). They were able to accomplish this through the efforts of each player to step up, focus and stay mentally and emotionally composed.
Saturday was filled with matches. The University of Texas at Tyler was up first, but UD was slow to get started. While UT Tyler was not by any means the better team, they made fewer errors and swung aggressively from start to finish. UD lost in three games (25-17, 25-22, 25-21). The next game was against Rust College and gave everyone on the UD team a chance to work the court. The match ended in three games in favor of UD (25-7, 25-12, 25-11). The last game was against LeTourneau University, the home team, for their last night of volleyball this season. UD’s focus on blocking and digging led to an overall hitting percentage of only 0.033 from LETU, compared with that of UD’s at 0.112. The Crusaders were victorious in a solid three games (25-20, 25-18, 25-16). This weekend will be the SCAC tournament, during which the Crusaders will challenge Colorado College’s hegemonic status in the first round of tournament play.