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Volleyball celebrates senior night before championship season. University of Dallas Photo.

The University of Dallas volleyball team’s (UDVB) senior game on Oct. 18 was a night to remember. The Lady Crusaders defeated Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) 3-1 in a match where they took the first set 25-4. Seniors Jessie Koster, Allison Seager, Anna Fazio and Mairin Guilfoyle all played valiantly in their last home game as members of the Lady Crusaders, with Guilfoyle and Fazio leading in kills and digs, respectively.

“It’s always amazing for the athletes to play at home,” head coach Prentice Lewis said. “Home crowd, own bed and no bus rides. Next year we do not have a conference weekend that is [at] home.”

Although the SWAU win was not a conference game, it certainly motivated the team and the home crowd to make the night a special one for the seniors.

“I love watching the women play,” freshman volleyball fan John Russell said. “They all play so well that it makes me and several others go crazy in the stands.”

The Lady Crusaders have shown tremendous improvement throughout the season, moving from strict defensive plays to make a lot more effective and exciting volleys. The more aggressive playing style has boosted the team’s morale.

“I always push for aggressive defense,” Lewis said. “I think me talking about having a sense of urgency finally sunk in.”

Unfortunately, during the subsequent tournament at Schreiner University, Oct. 22-23, UDVB faced very formidable opponents. They lost three matches 0-3 to Southwestern University, Texas Lutheran University and Trinity University.

However, the Lady Crusaders defeated Schreiner University 3-1, ending with three consecutive set wins to change the momentum of the of the tournament. This ended regular Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play on a very good note for the women of UDVB.

This weekend the Lady Crusaders will complete regular season play with a non-conference tournament Saturday, Oct. 29, at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. They will be facing Howard Payne University at 1 p.m. and McMurry University at 3 p.m. These will be their final matches before the SCAC Tournament at Centenary College.

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