Belles sweep competition

Volleyball extends win streak to five

By Erika Walker
On October 20, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Brianna Sotello, junior outside hitter, jumps to spike the ball. Sotello had seven kills against A&M-Kingsville.

The Rambelles took on and swept the Western New Mexico University Mustangs Oct. 14 during their “Dig Pink” match to raise awareness for breast cancer at the Junnell Center.

The Belles improved to 17-2 overall and 8-1 in the Lone Star Conference with the win,  and the ASU offense recorded a .241 clip for the match while dropping in eight total aces on the Mustangs.  

“I really liked what I saw in the first two sets,”  Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. “We played really clean and really low error during those two sets. Then, in the third set they came out playing very low error and we made some uncharacteristic mistakes. I really liked how late in the third set, after I called the time out, we came out and didn’t make another error after that point. I liked how we responded to that adversity.”  

Holding the fort for the Belle defense were sophomore libero/defensive specialist Mallory Davidson, junior outside hitter Brianna Sotello and middle blocker Leiyona Young while senior outside hitter Mallory Blauser, junior right side Abbie Lynn and junior middle blocker Morgan Seaton led the offense. 

In the second set the Belles took shots early, immediately taking lead with the first serve. The Belles continued to add to their lead as Sotello kicked off another 14-4 run, giving the Belles a solid 20-8 lead. The Mustangs racked up four more points, but Seaton and Sotello added consecutive points to the board to close out the set in favor of the Belles. ASU took the lead 2-0 at the break.

In the third and final set, Blauser put the Belles on the board for the third consecutive set.  The Mustangs kept the score close and regained the lead. 

Then, tied at 19, the Belles completed the match with a 6-0 run that saw points from Blauser, Lynn, Sotello and Young.
Davidson headed the defense with 15 digs and Sotello added eight digs and a pair of blocks to her defensive stats. Young tallied four total blocks for the match.  

The Belles raised over $4,000 to help bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer through auctions, raffles and a pink t-shirt sale. 

The team will take on the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers in Denton Oct. 21 followed by a match in Commerce against Texas A&M University-Commerce Oct. 22.

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