Volleyball team travels to California
Emily Caples, Contributing Writer
This past weekend, the University of Dallas’ volleyball team flew out to Southern California for a weekend of solid competition. Although UD didn’t perform at its best throughout the weekend, the team did well getting quick side-out points and initiating consistent and aggressive serves to earn multiple points. Friday featured games against the University of Redlands and Occidental College.
In the first game, the Redlands attempted a comeback during the second set of the five game match due to UD errors, but the ladies recovered and ultimately earned their first match win of the weekend in three sets (25-11, 25-22, 25-13).
The team, victorious but slightly fatigued, played Occidental directly after their match against Redlands. The Occidental Tigers were more consistent than Redlands and played a scrappier defense, but they missed many serves. Although the Crusaders made more errors this game, they earned their points by working the open areas on the court and through aggressive set-dumps by senior setter, C.J. Broadbent. The Crusaders won their second match in three sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-12).
Saturday began with a match against the Pomona-Pitzer College. The Crusaders’ offense struggled to get kills, while the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens worked around the block to find the holes in the UD defense. The ladies fought back to win a close third set but ultimately fell to the Sagehens in four sets (15-25, 19-25, 25-21, 17-25).
The final game of the weekend was against Chapman University. The opposing university’s team had a strong offense, but it was met by the Crusader’s block and wing defense that worked in seamless harmony to avoid the challenging offensive drives. Both teams had a scrappy defense, and the Crusaders did well in their communication between front- and back-row. The serves were consistent and aggressive, and despite a string of serve-receive errors, UD transitioned good passes into offensive points. Sophomore Jessie Koster, coming off a knee injury, helped the team defense in staying disciplined but mobile. Chapman won the third set due to UD’s multiple serve-receive errors and timid offense, but the ladies came back to win in four sets (25-18, 25-20, 16-25, 25-19). The Chapman coach was overheard telling her players that “that game was about who wanted it more,” and the Crusaders certainly not only wanted the win; they worked hard to earn the win for the university.