The University of Dallas volleyball team (UDVB) endured quite a challenge in beginning Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play at Colorado College. Affected by the unforgiving schedule and the higher altitude, the women suffered unfortunate losses.
They played a formidable game against Centenary College of Louisiana, but lost 2-3. Their score against Austin College the next day was the same. They concluded with a fatigued 0-3 loss to Colorado College.
“We had a hard time executing at crucial points, and unfortunately we did not come through with necessary wins,” senior Anna Fazio said. “I think overall we just struggled connecting as a team.”
Throughout the games, it was clear that there were miscommunications. With any team, execution, synchronization of movement and clear, identifiable roles are crucial and imperative in order to succeed.
“Our best games are our loudest games so if we keep up communication on the floor we could improve our game all around,” junior Diana Hassink said when asked what skills help the team succeed.
While the tournament at Colorado College did not weigh in the Crusaders’ favor, these losses serve as criterion for practices and certain mindsets for each and every player who steps foot on the court.
On Monday, Coach Prentice Lewis could be seen working on the weaknesses she saw during the games and demonstrating useful techniques to be used during future games. By the end of the practice, the Lady Crusaders were clearly having fun and enjoying the sport to which they dedicate so much of their time.
“We have the tools; we just need to use them efficiently,” Fazio said. “We are not in a conference where we can let them make their own mistakes, we have to force them into it themselves.”
The resolve of these women is absolute. Each player takes any conditioning that penalizes a mistake they made during practice as another learning experience and a way to evolve into both a better player and a better member of UD society.
UDVB will continue conference play at Austin College this weekend. They will face Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran University on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, and Southwestern University and Trinity University on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.