Belles bring heat after broken streak

Comeback queens break multiple records

By Alana Edgin
On October 30, 2015

File photo by Summer Almaguer
Maggi Jo Keffury sets the ball against Texas A&M University-Commerce

After Rambelle volleyball’s four game shutout streak, the team traveled to Stephenville to take on the Tarleton State Texans.

The Belles were in for a fight from the very start, with the first set ending in 25- 23 for a Texan win. Set two started rough with the Belles behind by four points, but outside hitters Mallory Blauser and Abbie Lynn got the team back on track to win the set with a score of 28-26.

Tied at 1-1, the teams came back to fight. Texans took set three with a score of 28-26 and the 2-1 set lead.

In the fourth and final set, the Belles gained a 6-3 lead, but the Texans took the win and broke the Belles’ win streak.

Statistic leaders for this game were outside hitter Brianna Sotello with 12 kills, Lynn with one ace, Morgan Seaton with 3 blocks and libero Katie MacLeay with 14 digs. Setter Maggi Jo Keffury also had 45 assists, which made this her 13th match having over 40 assists.

Oct. 23
Belles took San Antonio by storm and managed to break multiple personal records in the double header against Dallas Baptist University and St. Mary’s University.

The DBU Patriots played the Belles first and managed to fight hard, causing the teams to tie sets. While the Belles won sets one and two with scores of 25-23 and 25-18, the Patriots turned the tables and took the next two sets at 25-14 and 25-23. This forced a fifth set for the tie breaker.

This set ended in a close Belle win with a score of 15-12, and a match win of 3-2.

Statistic leaders for this game were: Sotello with 21 kills, one ace and five blocks and Keffury with 60 assists, putting her over the 1,000 mark for the season. Keffury and MacLeay both saved 22 digs.

After a short 45 minute break, the Belles returned to take on St. Mary’s Rattlers. Alyssa Orr, junior, started off the set with a kill, helping the team roll in more points. The Rattlers tied the set at 18-18, then ended up turning the odds in their favor to take set one at 25- 22.

While the Rattlers’ started set two with a point of their own, the Belles took off with the lead and won this set at 25-14. Both teams went back and forth with the lead in set three, but the Belles would ultimately take the third set at 25- 23. The Rattlers refused to lose and won set four at 27-25. Another tie-breaker was forced and the Belles hit a high kill count to win this set at 15-10, and the game with 3-2.

Orr led the statistics with 25 kills in this game alone. Other statistical leaders in the St. Mary’s game were Sotello with one ace, Seaton with five blocks, Keffury with 64 assists and MacLeay with 29 digs.

Seven of the Belles created new season and career highs for themselves in this intense double header. Seaton was killing it with a career high of 26 kills against the Patriots and five blocks against the Rattlers. Orr reached a career high of 23 kills against the Rattlers. Sotello recorded her 14th double-double of the season by having double digit kills and digs in both games. Lynn hit her fourth consecutive match with double digit kills. Keffury reached a career high of 64 assists against the Rattlers and a season high of 22 digs against the Patriots. Defensive specialists Ciarra Sheppard and Mallory Davidson both reached season highs as well. Sheppard gained 18 digs against the Rattlers while Davidson hit 13 digs against the Patriots.

Oct. 27
Belles got back to sweeping the competition away when they played UTPermian Basin Falcons in Odessa.

This match went well with the Belles taking the three sets at 25-20, 25-20 and 25-12. Statistic leaders for this game were Lynn with 13 kills, Orr with two blocks, Seaton with one ace, Keffury with 42 assists and Sotello with 10 digs.

After this successful sweep the team’s record increased to 22-5 for the season and 8-2 in the Lone Star Conference. Keffury is currently leading the LSC in assists with 1,134 and is also first in the nation for the most assists. MacLeay is also leading the LSC in digs with 526.

The Belles are currently hitting the road to play West Texas A&M, Eastern New Mexico and Texas Women’s University before returning home for their last home game against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

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