Belles remain undefeated at home

Volleyball victories continue to 12-win streak

By Erika Walker
On November 3, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
The Rambelles celebrate their victory over WTAMU in game four. WTAMU handed the Belles their only loss in district earlier this season.

The Rambelles volleyball team defeated the West Texas A&M University Lady Buffaloes Oct. 28 at the Junell Center, moving the team’s record to 11-0 at home.

“I felt great out there,” sophomore libero Mallory Davidson said. “A lot of the credit goes to my teammates because if everyone is in the right spot it makes my job a whole lot easier. I’m thankful that they do their jobs so I can do mine.”

The Lady Buffaloes began the match scoring the first three points back-to-back. However, the Belles responded with an attack, scoring the next five points and eventually winning the first set (25-15).

In the second set, the Lady Buffaloes took an early lead once more, scoring eight of the first 12 points.

It didn’t discourage the Belles as they came back to tie the match with 11 points. The match ended on an 8-3 run in favor of the Belles.

The Belles finally started with the lead in the third set, scoring the first three points. However, it didn’t last long as the Belles lost the set (25-22).

In the fourth and final set, the Belles came back with an early lead (6-2). They continued to dominate, winning the match (25-22).

“WT put up a good fight,” Volleyball Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. “They’re a really good team and really well disciplined. What I liked most is that we out-executed a team that is traditionally really good at executing at the ends of matches. I was very happy with how we finished.”

The Belles’ defense was led by Davidson who who had a career high of 33 digs in the match.

Junior outside hitter Brianna Sotello followed with 28 digs.

Leading the team offensively, freshman setter Meghan Parker earned 50 assists for her third-best career showing for the season.

The Belles continued their home domination Oct. 29 when they swept the University of the Texas Permian Basin Falcons at the Junell Center.

“We have to maintain our standards no matter what is happening on the court, and we did that,” Waddington said. “It doesn’t matter who is out there, we have to perform at a certain level.”

In the first set, the Belles scored the first four points and maintained the early lead. 

The Belles used a 5-1 run in the middle of the set to extend their lead and won with an 11-2 run that ended the set (25-13).

The second set began with the Belles scoring the first seven points, maintaining an early lead throughout once again.

The Belles finished off the set on a 4-1 run that ended it (25-15).

In the third and final set, the Falcons kept it close at the start, forcing a tie at four.

Then, the Belles scored the next six of seven points, keeping the lead throughout the rest of the set. Belles won the set (25-19).

Junior middle blocker Morgan Season led defense with four total blocks, bringing her to 77 on the year.

Senior outside hitter Mallory Blauser finished with four blocks, and Parker ended the match with three.

The Belles moved to 23-2 on the season overall with a 14-1 in conference play.

The Belles will take on the Cameron University Aggies Nov. 4 and the Midwestern State University Pioneers Nov. 5 at the Junell Center.

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