On Saturday, Oct. 29, the University of Dallas volleyball (UDVB) team traveled to Abilene, Texas, to attend a tournament at McMurry University. This marked their last non-conference game before the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament. Unfortunately, the Lady Crusaders lost to Howard Payne University with a four-set loss (1-3) and would later be swept by McMurry University.
However, no failure comes without a lesson. Every set against Howard Payne University was close, and statistically the Lady Crusaders were better with digs and aces than their opponents. The main problems UD had were blocks and low hitting percentages.
“Before SCAC, we need to work on our communication,” freshman outside hitter Merit Paramo said. “It helps us stay strong throughout the entire match, by not letting one mistake get to our head because we have our teammates to pick us back up.”
Throughout the season, communication has tended to be an obstacle during matches. The Lady Crusaders have been practicing rigorously to call digs and define the zones for each player to defend. Reading not only their opponents’, but also their teammates’ movements will lead to playing smarter games and coming out on top.
Communication with teammates must occur both on and off the volleyball court. Knowing how your teammates act with each situation strengthens the synchronization of the whole team. The bond that is established within the team becomes the very core of the team and the plays that are made.
“As a team we listen to music in the locker room and talk about our goals for the game,” senior libero/outside hitter Jessie Koster said.
“With all the traveling this season, we had plenty of time to mesh on and off the court,” Paramo said. “We have good friendships within our team and I have no worries about our bond after the season.”
The Lady Crusaders have certainly strengthened their resolve and are currently practicing with the strength they possess before the SCAC tournament. UDVB will be facing Austin College in the quarterfinals in Shreveport, La., on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
“I really hope that my fellow Crusaders … support us,” freshman setter Mary Goodykoontz said. “I feel like we play better when we have a crowd that supports us.”
The setback at McMurry did not discourage the Lady Crusaders. Instead, it inspired them to work even harder. The SCAC quarterfinals will not be the end for the UDVB team.