Conference season starts strong for Volleyball

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Larissa Ramirez serves the ball during a game versus Austin College, photo courtesy of UD Athletics

The University of Dallas volleyball team won its first conference games of the season 3-2 against Austin College during a home game on Sept. 17. 

Austin came out with a strong offense in the first two sets, but UD defense pushed back. Crusader offense came on in the third set to win 27-25. UD dominated the third set with sophomore Ellise Anable serving a 6 point run, and sophomore Isabel Garcia finishing the 25-12 game while serving a 5 point lead. In the final set, UD won 16-14 in a nail-biting, point-by-point battle. 

With a win in their back pocket, UD went into a four game tournament this weekend at Century College. UD lost their first game 0-3, but it was not due to a lack of effort. Sophomores Ellise Anable and Anna Stevenson lled the offense in hitting percentages, and senior Krystyn Pua led the team in digs. 

Even though the teams lost the first game of the day, they did not let it bring them down, and they won their next game against Schreiner University 3-1. They came out strong in both offense and defense with 163 attempts at the net, and 83 digs in total. 

The team then continued the weekend on Saturday in their match against Southwestern University. They played a good game, but ended up losing 3-0. The girls came out strong and put up a good fight, giving freshman Larissa Ramirez 13 assists. They also had a good defensive game with 47 digs total. 

In the final game of the weekend against Century College of Louisiana, the lady Crusaders put up a strong fight, and took a set off of their opponents, but ended up losing 3-1. The middles led the offense with sophomore Dayjah Whyte getting 19 kills, and sophomore Anna Stevenson getting 10 kills.

This week brings the team’s overall record to 7 wins and 9 losses, and their conference record to 2-3. 

“It’s always a tough weekend when you go 1-3, and you know you could’ve done better,” said junior Gillian De La Cruz. “You always learn more from  your losses, so we’re ready to get back in the gym and work on our game. We’re hungry to win, and we want to show everyone that we are a team to watch.” 

Volleyball continues their campaign this Tuesday against LeTourneau University, and ask fans to wear neon. 

“We grew closer as a team and we will come out stronger for our game on Tuesday,” said senior Krystyn Pua. “So come support us for neon night.”

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