Rambelles keep a clear head in their winning streak

Volleyball sweeps WTAMU for first time in 22 years

By Chris Cole
On October 1, 2015

Photos by Josh Lopez
Middle blocker Zoey Hanrahan spikes the ball against West Texas A&M.

The Rambelles volleyball team won two more conference games on Sept. 25 against Eastern New Mexico and Sept. 26 against West Texas A&M, sweeping both teams 3-0 and putting themselves 4-0 in conference and 15-3 overall this season.

The Belles now have eight consecutive wins, six of which were sweeps. They are undefeated on their home turf here at the Stephens Arena and are proving to be difficult for their opponents to defeat.

Katie MacLeay, senior, has been named defensive player of the week for the second week in a row. MacLeay had 23 digs against WTAMU. This was the first time ASU has swept WTAMU since 1993.

Heavy hitter Brianna Sotella, who has racked up 218 kills this season, has faith in her teammates.

“We’ll keep our energy and our confidence up,” Sotella said. “We’re really confident in everybody right now, so we’ll just take that and run with it.”

Mallory Blauser, who holds 241 kills this season, said that the coaches have been really good at boosting the team’s confidence and encouraging them to keep a clear head.

“They’ve been telling us to have an attacking mentality and a kill mentality and to try not to be perfect, which got us into a little bit of trouble last year,” Blauser said.

Coach Waddington remains humble over his team’s victories.

“We have to work hard, practice and maintain a steady level of volleyball,” Waddington said. “I think that’s what we’ve done well over the last couple of weeks.”

The Rambelles will face Texas A&M – Kingsville on Friday, Oct. 2 and return home to the Stephens Arena on Friday, Oct. 9 for a match against Midwestern State.

The Belles remain cool about the challenges Kingsville has to offer.

Sotello said that they have some strong outside hitters so the Belles need to stay strong and work on their middle hitting.

Blauser said that she relies on her team to pick her up when she’s not doing well and that the team trusts one another in a similar fashion. With this solid foundation, Blauser said they aren’t afraid of taking big swings because they trust that their teammates have their backs.

Coach Waddington remains focused, and said that they will seek to understand Kingsville’s tactics and how to overcome them on Friday.

The Belles will play again on Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. against Texas A&M – Kingsville in Kingsville.

Setter Maggi Jo Keffury serves the ball against
West Texas A&M.

Junior Klohe Harrion and sophomore Abbie
Lynn reach to block a return from their opponent.

 

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