Volleyball victorious over Pioneers

Belles begin conference with shutout

By Mary Brown
On September 23, 2016

Photos by Kaitlin Trujillo
Meghan Parker sets the ball for Morgan Seaton. Parker had 40 assists in the Rambelles match against Texas Women’s University.

The Belles started their Lone Star Conference off with great power over TWU Pioneers with a 3-0 shutout (25-12, 25-16, 25-18) on Sept.16. The Belles are 5-1 while the Pioneers are 3-5 overall.

They took command of the first game from the start. TWU had a difficult time dealing with the attack. 

Mallory Blauser, senior outside hitter, and Abbie Lynn, junior right side, led the team with several kills in the first game. 

Blauser was a powerhouse when hitting the ball. The Belles applied tremendous pressure on the Pioneers throughout the game.

“I felt like we started out the match really strong,” Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. “We set the tone for the first match with our serving and our defense.”

Brooke Robertson, junior defensive specialist and outside hitter, showed no mercy with her defense from the service line. She served five aces on the Pioneers. 

Tulani Titley, freshman middle blocker, also let her presence be known with eight kills. 

The Pioneers fought back but could not get past junior middle blocker Morgan Seaton. She hammered them with her great technique. 

Belles ended the first match in complete control. TWU had some catching up to do in the next match.

“I feel like I play a good game,” Lynn said. “Our goal was to keep ourselves at a high standard. We made a few more errors than we wanted to but overall it was great.”

In the second match the Belles lost a little momentum. The Belles regrouped and went on a 15-2 lead. 

TWU would navigate the Belles to a 20-13 score. Lynn, Blauser, Titley and junior outside hitter Brianna Sotello worked together to achieve the last points in the second match.

“The second set we subbed a couple of kids in and our level dropped a little bit,” Waddington said. “It gave the other team some confidence so our kids had to rise to the occasion. What I liked was the ASU fans. The biggest factor was the crowd. We had 1,100 people here tonight. This was great for the conference and I hope this will continue.”

In the third and final set. Lynn and Titley both blasted in kills. TWU received their first point on a service error. 

The Belles went on a 6-1 run. The Pioneers fought back hard, bringing the score to tie at 15. 

Seaton and Sotello then took charge and fired in two kills. The score went to 17-16 and the Pioneers gave the Belles a mountain of trouble. 

TWU score three points before Titley scored the final point for the Belles.

“I liked that we pulled ourselves out of a situation,” Blauser said. “My favorite part of the game is when we can turn really big ramble plays in to points.” 

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