Crusaders Split Day Two of Opening Tournament

Photo by Kaity Chaikowsky

The University of Dallas volleyball team had a tough weekend in the two day Millsaps Invitational, but ended with a victory. On day two of the invitational, the Crusaders lost to Dillard University in a five set match, but went on to win their afternoon match against Agnes Scott College.

In the five set match against Dillard, the Crusaders had two early victories of 27-25 in the first set and 28-26 in the second set, but the Bleu Devils rallied and evened the frames with 25-22 in the third set and 25-21 in the fourth set. The Bleu Devils finished off the Crusaders, winning the last set 15-11.

“We always start it off well, but when it [comes] to the third game we always seem to get tired or lose focus,” said senior captain Diana Hassink.

The Crusaders showed strive in the first two sets, but seemed to tire out throughout the rest of the match. The Dallas girls could not get the momentum back on their side.

Hassink believes that in the coming practices they will all have to work on being mentally tough to prepare themselves for future games.

Though the Crusaders lost their first three games of the invitational, they could not afford to lose focus, because they had one last match of the weekend against Agnes Scott College.

The Crusaders regrouped after their morning loss to Dillard University on Saturday and prevailed against the Scotties of Agnes Scott College.

In the second match of the day, the Crusaders earned their first win of the season. After an early victory of 25-22 in the first set, the Crusaders took advantage of their early momentum and went on to sweep the next two frames 25-17 and 25-13.

The Scotties could never get the momentum on their side and continued to trail the Crusaders.

Mary Scholz, a senior captain, earned a double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs. Freshman Theresa Schramm led individually with 4 blocks, while the team had a combined 15. Agnes Scott had two players, Resa Knott and Alexis Smith who both matched Schramm’s game high of 4 blocks as well.

The Crusaders had a tough start this weekend, but continued to strive and ended the invitational with a much-needed win. Scholz understands the work it is going to take to continue to win.

“From this weekend, we found a lot of things we are good at [and] a few things we need to work on, which we can hopefully improve by this coming weekend,” Scholz said.

This is the first win for Coach Kelli Trautmann’s as the Crusaders head coach.

The Crusaders will be on the road again Sept. 8th-9th in the Austin College Tournament for four non-conference games.

On Friday, they will face McMurray University and Ross State University. Then on Saturday, they will take on LeTourneau and conclude with a match against Concordia University.


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