Volleyball team dominates in season opener

Brian Hula, Contributing Writer

Junior Lexi Noriega slams the ball over the net during Tuesday's victory over Dallas Christian College. University of Dallas photo.

The University of Dallas Volleyball Team put forth a strong performance in their opening game of the 2015 season, defeating Dallas Christian College 25-14, 25-12, 25-20. UD used long scoring runs in the first two sets to build up large leads, and survived a late rally from Dallas Christian in the third set to earn the sweep.

Players on the team stated that good communication, especially from new players, was the most crucial contribution to the Crusaders’ victory.

“I heard a lot of communication tonight. Even with the two new setters, they are already trying to click with each other,” said sophomore Diana Hassink. “That’s one of the most crucial aspects, the middle hitter and the setter always getting it on point with each other.”

“We’re playing in some different rotations and I think still learning to play with each other, but I think tonight showed that we can play through that,” said junior Allison Seager.

According to Hassink and Mary Scholz, a fellow sophomore, solid execution from several key players allowed the Crusaders to earn the sweep.

“As always, Mairin [Guilfoyle] on the outside, she’s a really good control hitter — she always keeps the ball in, and then Jaime [Birzer] hitting in the middle … she’s always very consistent at it,” said Scholz.

“Jessie [Koster] helped a lot — not only was she communicating with the back row, but she was talking with the front row too,” said Hassink. “She was back there … filling in the gaps that we were lacking maybe in the front row.”

With the team set to travel to St. Louis, Mo. over the weekend for a four-game invitational, the players were glad to have the first game of the season behind them.

“Having our first game experience is always important. You learn a lot in practice about how you play, but you never know, because you’re always practicing against the same people,” said Scholz. “It’s good to get that out of the way before we have tough games [like] this weekend.”

“I can’t imagine going to St. Louis and [having that be] the first game,” Hassink said. “With that out of the way, we know what it feels like, we know what we can work on in a game situation and try to build from that and not feel as nervous the next time.”


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