Making history in a final home match

Brian Hula, Contributing Writer

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During their last home game, the volleyball team and their fans witnessed junior Jessie Koster break the school record for most digs in a single season. University of Dallas Photo.

The Dallas Volleyball squad, Jamie Birzer and Cat Dowgwillo celebrated a victory in the team’s last home game of the season last Wednesday against Jarvis Christian College. On Halloween, the Crusaders suffered a pair of losses to East Texas Baptist University and the University of Texas at Tyler (UT-Tyler).

Despite the outcomes of these two contests, junior Jessie Koster made history in the game against UT-Tyler, claiming the school record for most digs in a single season. Koster has amassed 741 digs over the 2015 campaign.

In the team’s final game at the Maher Center, the Dallas women particularly felt the absence of Birzer, who is sitting out with a torn ACL.

“We all wanted her to play,” sophomore defensive specialist Diana Hassink said. “Obviously, no one wants injuries.”

Although Birzer cannot contribute on the court, she is still a leader for the squad.

“She’s been really helpful this whole season,” Hassink said. “Even though she has been injured, she’s still been a really big part of the team. It’s good to see she’s still really involved.”

The team played well to ensure that the two seniors would be able to claim a victory in their last home game. The Crusaders recorded a sweep of their opponent, Jarvis Christian College.

The volleyball team worked hard to give their two seniors a final victory in the Maher Athletic Center last Wednesday. University of Dallas Photo.
The volleyball team worked hard to give their two seniors a final victory in the Maher Athletic Center last Wednesday. University of Dallas Photo.

“Everyone was just having fun,” Hassink said. “I’m just glad that we could show our appreciation for everything [the seniors] have done for us.”

Although the Crusaders suffered two losses on Saturday, the results of the matches were overshadowed by Koster’s historic achievement.

“[Koster is] a really good asset to our team,” Hassink said. “Koster’s passion for the game has allowed her to amass such an impressive number of digs. She has the thought, every time she’s on the court, ‘a ball won’t hit the floor,’ She is our number one passer, and she is a great leader: she just commands everybody to play their best and work really hard.”

In addition to her personal effort on the court, Koster plays unselfishly and sets an example for all of her teammates.

The Crusaders’ final games of the season will take place in Georgetown, Texas at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament. Dallas will begin play by facing Texas Lutheran University on Friday afternoon.

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