Volleyball on road to glory

Team extends win streak to six on away games

By Alana Edgin
On November 6, 2015

Oct. 30
Rambelle volleyball came out on top to take down longtime rivals West Texas A&M Lady Buffs in Canyon, Texas.

This is the first time the Belles have beat the Lady Buffs on the road in 22 years, and the first time in Head Coach Chuck Waddington’s career that the Belles beat them.

With the pressure of not winning in 22 years, the Belles knew they were in for a battle. This battle would stretch on to a tie breaking set where the Belles would ultimately come out on top.

Set one did not go in the Belles’ favor when the Lady Buffs won with 25-17, but the team bounced back in set two. Outside hitter Mallory Blauser started it off with a stunning kill, forcing the Lady Buffs into creating three errors in a row. The Belles took off, getting revenge with a win at 25-17.

Again, Blauser started set three with a kill, helping the team get on a roll. The Belles took the set at 25- 21. Lady Buffs were ready in set four and traded off points with the Belles before winning 25-22.

A tie breaker was forced, and the Belles were heartbreakingly close to winning against their rivals. An error on the Belles’ part gave the Lady Buffs an early lead in the tie breaker, but Brianna Sotello and the Seaton sisters, Morgan and Taylor Lee, teamed up to tuck away the set at 15-13, winning the game with a set win of 3-2.

Statistic leaders for this game were Sotello with 23 kills, Blauser with one ace, sophomore Morgan Seaton with three blocks, setter Maggi Jo Keffury with 64 assists and libero Katie MacLeay with 26 digs. This was Sotello’s 16th double-double of the season with 23 kills and 14 digs. She is currently leading the team with 370 kills for the year.

Right-side hitter Abbie Lynn made this her 10th consecutive match with double digit kills, 10 kills in this game. Keffury ended the match being only two away from the 1,200 assists mark and with her 22 digs, this became her 12th double-double of the year.

Oct. 31
Belles continued their victory tour to Portales, New Mexico to face off against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds, where they swept the competition away.

First set started slowly for the Belles, and the Greyhounds gained a 7-3 lead until Keffury set the ball. Lynn sent the ball rocketing down and the Belles began their brutal takedown. The Greyhounds tried to stand their ground but the Belles won set one at 27-25.

Greyhounds struggled in set two as Sotello started the game with a devastating kill. This set went to the dominating Belles with a score of 25-16.

The Belles would finish the game by sweeping the Greyhounds away with a set three win of 25-18 and a set win of 3-0.

Nov. 3
Continuing their victorious road trip, the Belles brought down the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers in Denton, Texas.

Pioneers took the first set with a score of 25-20 and the Belles jumped back to win set two at 25-19. The tradeoff continued in sets three and four with the Pioneers taking set three at 25-15 and the Belles winning set four with 25-14.

The tiebreaking fifth set ensued and the Belles won when the Pioneers gave them the last point by a service error. Final score was 15-11 for a Belle win and a set victory of 3-2.

Keffury continues to dominate in the LSC this season and won her 10th LSC Player of the Week award in her career. This senior setter also led the statistics in this game with 56 assists and 19 digs, making this her eighth match with over 50 assists and her 14th double-double of the season.

Blauser was on a roll in this game as well, leading the kill count and reaching a season high of 26 kills. Both her and Sotello tied with one ace and three blocks each. Sotello remains the team leader in kills with 397 for this season.

Belles will return home on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. for their last home game and senior night

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