The University of Dallas volleyball team hosted their own tournament this past weekend to open their home schedule going 1-2.
In the opening game on Friday the team beat Brooklyn College 3-0, but ended up losing both games on Saturday.
Sophomore Stephanie Janysek thought that the first match went well, but the momentum failed to propel them forward.
“We opened our home tournament with a strong win against Brooklyn College; however, we did not take that confidence into the next two games.”
Saturday morning, the Crusaders played a hard-fought match against Johnson and Wales University that ended in a 3-2 loss. The match began with UD carrying over the momentum from the previous night’s win.
In the first set, the Crusaders dominated the Wildcats 25-12, but the Wildcats did not give up.
Johnson and Wales came back fighting tooth and nail to win the second set 25-20.
UD did not allow the setback to get in their way, however, and came back to beat the Wildcats 25-17 in the third set.
The momentum switched back and forth through the fourth set, but the Wildcats did not stop and won 25-18 to force a fifth set.
In the decisive final set, the Wildcats jumped out to a six point lead, but the Crusaders continued to claw their way back. However, It was not enough and the Wildcats went on to beat the Crusaders 15-1.
“We started out the first match against Johnson and Wales really strong, but after the first set we made too many errors that cost us the match,” Janysek said.
It was a hard-fought match on both sides, but an upsetting loss for the Crusaders. Mary Scholz reached her tenth double-double with 13 kills and 23 digs. Diana Hassink matched Scholz with a team high of 23 digs. Samantha Garza, Merit Paramo, and Kennedy Bradley all had eight kills a piece.
Any success from the first two games was nowhere to be seen on the last match of the UD home tournament against Endicott College. The Crusaders simply did not show up in the final game and Endicott won with a perfect 3-0 game.
The Gulls won all three sets with the scores of 25-14, 25-16, and 25-19.
Despite the Crusaders losing their first two sets, they rallied and began the third set with a good momentum with thanks to Garza and Elizabeth Smith, but it was not enough. The Gulls would take over and win the third set as well.
Senior Diana Hassink knows that the team is capable of consistent positive play, but it will require practice. “We need to work on consistency,Hassink said. “It’s only the beginning, and we have a lot to improve on.”
Hassink was the only player to get double digits in digs in the third game with 19, and Janysek added 19 assists.
Scholz continued her streak, leading the team with 13 kills.
“The volleyball team loved having all the support this weekend for their first home tournament,” Hassink said. “The first home game win was nice and having the crowd there was even better.”
The team plays Tuesday, Sept. 19 at Southwestern Adventist before opening conference play at Austin College this week, where they will have three games against Colorado College, Centenary College and Austin College.