Volleyball scores victory

Belles beat TAMUK in near shutout

By Mary Brown
On October 6, 2016

Kaitlin Trujillo
Morgan Seaton, junior middle blocker, serves the ball in set one against Texas A&M Kingsville. Seaton has hit 100 kills for the season.

ASU fans made some noise for Belle Volleyball as they clapped and cheered all through the four sets in the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center Oct. 1.

The ASU Belles defeated the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23).

The end came for the Javelinas when they made two major errors and the Belles went up 17-16. Then, the dynamic of the set changed. The Belles controlled their service errors and pushed to 20-18. Both teams went point for point but junior Brianna Sotello, outside hitter, and junior Abbie Lynn, who plays right side, helped take the set. They knocked in two straight points for the win.

The Belles moved quickly through the first set. Sotello and senior Mallory Blauser, outside hitter, were in control.

TAMUK strained to score points against the Belles’ blocking, but they could not find the right opening.

“TAMUK were pretty high error in the beginning of the match,” Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. “They made some nice adjustments in their service which gave us some trouble. Kingsville started to dictate the game then we had to make the adjustments.”

Kingsville rallied back in the second set as the Belles were having problems with their service, which led to giving points to the other team.

Outside hitters Blauser and Sotello kept blasting away and throwing Kingsville off balance.

Sophomore Mallory Davidson, defensive specialist, and freshman Meghan Parker, setter, were on the hunt as well. There were some errors made by the Belles, but they used their power to stay in the match.

“We were not as focused in the second set as we were in the first,” Davidson said.  “Our service broke down in the second and third sets and we saw the problem. The fourth set we started executing our plays better and won the match.”

  The Belles showed the Javelinas how to operate a volleyball by taking an early lead in the third set. The Javelinas turned the set around and fought their way back into the set. Both teams lost points due to the service.

Lynn and Parker assisted the Belles. Lynn produced nine kills. Parker issued up 43 assists during the matches. That helped keep the Belles in the third set. TAMUK changed their style of play and the Belles dropped the third set.

“When we get behind, I take it on myself to get us out of the situation,” Blauser said. “I try to use my power to get us back in the set and sometime my power goes out of bounds. We watch a lot a film so we know what the other team is doing. The middles are usually weak at defense. That’s just fact. So I aimed at the middle because I wanted to get a kill.”

The fourth set would determine the outcome for the Belles. Javelinas needed this set to continue to the fifth. Junior Leiyona Young, middle blocker, and Sotello blocked an important shot for TAMUK. Morgan Seaton and Sotello made two consecutive kills to put the Belles back in the set.

The Belles will move on to play Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls Oct. 7.

 

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