Emily Caples, Contributing Writer
Leading up to their last weekend of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play before the conference tournament, the University of Dallas women’s volleyball team faced four teams. Tuesday resulted in two wins, against Dallas Christian College (25-15, 25-17, 25-10) and Texas College (25-7, 25-12, 25-10), both in three games each.
Thursday’s games resulted in another two three-game wins for the lady Crusaders, this time against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (25-9, 25-18, 25-16) and Arlington Baptist College (25-15, 25-19, 25-18).
The first day of weekend play was a disappointment. The team took a while to be competitive and disciplined. Saturday showcased games against Schreiner University and Southwestern University. Against Schreiner, the UD defense was out of place and on their heels; hitters could not find their way around the block. UD held them off in the third game, but fell in four games (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21).
The Crusaders picked it up against Southwestern, but the block was neither present nor strong. The team struggled to put the ball down. UD battled hard, but fell in three close games (29-27, 25-22, 25-22).
Sunday brought games against Texas Lutheran University and Trinity University. Coming out the second day with a calm and confident demeanor, the ladies faced Texas Lutheran, a team that was anything but calm. Battling to hide their reactions, positive or negative, and so much useless noise reminded the lady Crusades of their own experiences earlier in the season of being on a rollercoaster of facial expressions and faltering mentalities.
During frantic plays, the women worked together to send a good ball over the net and to reset after each time, so that they could focus on the next ball coming over the net. The Crusaders only missed one serve the entire match. This type of play resulted in a three-game win against TLU (25-16, 25-15, 25-19).
The team fought hard for the first game against Trinity, but in the second game, the small things made the biggest difference. The third game was neck and neck, but Trinity finally won out. The Crusaders lost in three games (25-19, 25-16, 25-19).