Disappointing Start to Conference Season

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The University of Dallas women’s volleyball team went 0-2 on Saturday in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) opener. UD opened the conference season unable to keep up third-ranked Colorado College, as they were swept in straight sets 25-12, 25-17 and 25-12. The Crusaders followed with a 3-1 setback to Centenary College of Louisiana. The recent results have dropped them to 5-9 for this upcoming season.

The ladies were hoping to start to win some more games and hold their own in each match, but they kept falling short of their goal. On a positive note,  the team  posted their most kills in a set against Colorado College, but could not keep the momentum going to help them get the win.

“Colorado College is ranked in the top five in the nation for division three, and they came out for our first conference match up ready to go, where we could have come out stronger,” said senior Mary Scholz. “Against a team of this caliber, it is most important to play as technically perfect as possible; we had a few of our own errors and didn’t help anything. In the end we found some things we could improve on for our next weekend of conference.”

Freshman middle blocker Rylee Davis agreed.

“We knew going into the game that it was going to be tough, but we really wanted to compete,” Davis said. “We started out strong but unfortunately miscommunications and too many unforced errors put us in a hole we were unable to come back from. We’ve definitely learned a lot this weekend and I think we will come back stronger for next weekend.”

Hopefully the  team can get their momentum going again and win some matches in their upcoming games this weekend against Texas Lutheran and Southwestern. They have a strong team but need to find their groove and they will be hard to beat. They are working hard in practice, and hopefully their hard work will start to pay off on the court.

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