Theresa Wohldmann, Contributing Writer
The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament is what all the athletic teams at the University of Dallas work towards each season. Winning the SCAC tournament means a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. This is a huge honor and a great accomplishment for the end of a season.
The UD volleyball team finished its regular season practices last Wednesday, and traveled on Thursday to Colorado Springs, CO. There the Crusaders were up against their rival, Austin College, a team seeded fourth in the tournament.
The girls knew they needed to play with focus and determination throughout the match. The first set they did not play as well as they had wanted, but the girls slowly adjusted and began to play much better volleyball. They fought hard for four games. Senior Emily Meyers tried to keep the team in the last game with a great serving run, but unfortunately a call from the ref ended the match (25-15, 27-29, 25-19, 25-23). Freshman Catherine Dowgwillo kept the match close with 11 kills and a .476 hitting percentage.
The season was not over, though. The girls played for 5th place in the conference on Saturday afternoon versus Centenary College of Louisiana. They wanted to end their season with a win, and they did, defeating their opponents in three games (25-10, 25-21, 25-14). Sophomore Emily Caples recorded nine kills in the match. The seniors on the team, Meyers and Theresa Wohldmann, recorded 16 digs each for their final collegiate volleyball game.
Along with the SCAC tournament, there was an awards ceremony honoring the seniors in the conference and announcing the All-SCAC teams and individual awards. The University of Dallas was fortunate to have two of its top players, Caples and Wohldmann, listed as members of the All-SCAC 2nd team. Congratulations to them and to the rest of the team for their hard work this season!