Volleyball prepares for tournament

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During last weekend’s tournament at Austin College, the University of Dallas volleyball (UDVB) team put up a valiant effort against four other teams in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).

On Saturday, Sept. 24, they swept both Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran University. The next day, however, Southwestern University and Trinity University overwhelmed the team in a pair of 0-3 matches.

“The team played with determination and fire Saturday,” head coach Prentice Lewis said. “The team supported each other with talk and excitement from our bench. Sunday we didn’t come with the same fire, but it’s tough when you are playing [teams ranked fourth and seventh in the country].”

While practicing throughout the week, the team worked on aggression and precision to change up their strategy of strict defense. They changed formations and positions and worked on conditioning out the bad habits that had hurt them over the weekend, while reinforcing their good habits.

“Saturday we played some of the best volleyball I have seen us play as a team,” sophomore Anna McCall said. “Sunday, although we lost both games, we learned a lot and are excited to see these teams again later in the season.”

Throughout the games and practices, it remains clear that the Lady Crusaders love the game they play. Each player, even on the bench, learns, evolves and contributes to the team.

Thursday, Sept. 29 saw UDVB fall 0-3 and 1-3 in a pair of non-conference games against University of Texas-Tyler and LeTourneau University.

The losses do not discourage them, however, but only add to the excitement and challenge them to play better than they did the day before.

Next weekend, UD will host a tournament at the Maher Athletic Center, where the Lady Crusaders will once again face Colorado College on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m. and Centenary College of Louisiana at 5 p.m., followed by Austin College on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

“Playing at home will be a foreign concept for us,” Lewis said. “We will have played 19 straight matches on the road and this tournament will be three out of five total matches that we play at home. We are all so looking forward to playing at home. University of Dallas invites everyone [to] come out to watch our matches.”

The team anticipates a large home crowd this weekend as they attempt to redeem their losses from the tournaments at Austin College and Colorado College and take back their winning record.

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