The University of Dallas volleyball team travelled to Prescott, Ariz. this past weekend. What was expected to be a leisurely trip with three easier matches turned into three matches of struggle with three injured players on the bench. After winning Friday’s match against Johnson and Wales, 3-0, the Lady Crusaders dropped both of Saturday’s matches. Although this weekend brought unique and new challenges, the team competed with their best volleyball. With two key hitters and the primary setter unable to play, the team had to fight through some difficulties. Overcoming obstacles gave the team an opportunity to find greatness in the little things.
UD offensive players put up some great numbers this weekend. Sophomore Laura Yokell recorded five kills with no errors in Friday’s match and nine kills in the first match on Saturday. Yokell’s positivity had great influence throughout each match this weekend. Senior Liz Baska had an amazing 13 kills on Friday and 11 kills in Saturday’s first match. Baska kept teammates motivated with her intensity, determination and ability to put the ball down. Freshman Taylor Suggs stepped up this weekend when she played three different positions in every match. Suggs competed as middle blocker, left-side hitter and right-side hitter this weekend. Considering the different techniques needed to be successful at each position, Suggs did an incredible job. She notched six kills in the first match on Saturday.
Senior Rachel MacGillivray, playing near her hometown of Phoenix, made teammates extremely proud this weekend. MacGillivray went up swinging on offense with no fear in addition to serving aggressively and making great defensive plays while digging. MacGillivray also had 5 blocks in Saturday’s first match, helping guard the court.
Junior Emily Meyers, a recent convert to libero, made great passes this weekend to keep Dallas alive. Meyers contributed an impressive 52 passes in the first match on Saturday, helping get UD in rhythm. Meyers’ fire and passion for volleyball always motivates her teammates.
Senior Danielle Fuchs set her first college game this weekend. Although she “sets” in games when the primary setter takes the first ball, Fuchs has never set an entire game in her life. It was a thrilling experience, but Fuchs was ecstatic when Freshman Catherine “CJ” Broadbent came to the rescue. Broadbent, a utility player, has played right and left-side defense and offense in addition to setting this year. Broadbent, who is also from Phoenix, had 43 assists leading the offense on Saturday.
Focusing on the small achievements of the weekend allows the team to see things in a positive light. Although the weekend did not turn out exactly as the team had hoped, it showed success in a different way.
Building on this success and hoping for injured teammates to recover, the team will travel to Mississippi this weekend for their final Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Please keep our injured players in your prayers!