Emily Caples, Contributing Writer
Women’s volleyball swept this weekend’s tournament in matches against Johnson & Wales University (JWU), Victory University and Rust College. After last weekend’s losses, the team worked hard to improve its demeanor on the court. During this week’s practices, the women focused on the difficult task of hiding their emotions in the face of both errors and great plays.
In the first game of the weekend Friday against JWU, the team sent its opponents tough serves, missing only four total for the match – an average of one missed serve per game. In addition, the serves received were passed with an average of .875. During the whole weekend, but especially during this first match, the women struggled to contain their typical reactions to each play. Hiding their emotions, however, allowed them to both fight more effectively for their close first-game win and to get over their third-game loss more easily. The women went on to win the match in the fourth game (26-24, 25-13, 21-25, 25-16).
In their first match Saturday, the Lady Crusaders achieved a victory over Victory. After a first-game loss of 16-25, the team refocused and awoke like America after Pearl Harbor, rising like a sleeping giant to dominate the next three games: 25-8, 25-16, 25-14.
In the last match of the weekend, the women worked to stay disciplined against Rust, concentrating on remaining in their defensive locations. Centering on their own goals, the Lady Crusaders were able to control their own side of the court throughout the games. In the end, they took Rust in three games (25-13, 25-3, 25-9), sweeping the tournament for the University of Dallas.
The women’s volleyball team will travel to Shreveport, La., next weekend for more competition.