Volleyball victorious, extends streak to 14

Belles to host Lone Star Conference Tournament

By Erika Walker
On November 11, 2016

Photo by Josh Lopez
Junior outside hitter Brianna Sotello had nine kills and eight digs in the game against Midwestern State. Sotello has scored a total of 330 points this season.

The Rambelles volleball team won the 2016 Lone Star Conference regular season Nov. 5 after sweeping the Midwestern State University Mustangs at the Junell Center Stephen Arena.

Remaining undefeated at home, the Belles extended its win streak to 14 matches.

The team improved to 27-2 overall and 17-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Because of the win, ASU will host the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament Nov. 17-19.

"It was a great environment to get a win in, with it being senior day and there were a lot of families and fans in the stands," Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. "I was pleased with how we finished, and how it came together in the end was pretty cool. It is a huge advantage for us to host the conference tournament because we have some of the best fans out there that will pack the Junell three nights in a row to try to help us win."

The Belles took an early lead in the first set, 3-0. The Mustangs immediately made two kills after, but couldn’t hold onto the score after junior outside hitter Brianna Sotello took control with a kill, pushing the score 7-4.

After a few more back and forth shots, the score was tied, 17-17.

A kill from junior right side Abbie Lynn gave the Belles the final push to pull away with an 8-2 run.

The run then closed out the set for the Belles as the final point came from a Mustang service error.

Belles struck the first few points once again in the second set, but the Mustangs responded with a pair of kills to close the lead gap.

Lynn made two consecutive kills to take the lead again, but back and forth scoring went on throughout the set.

Senior outside hitter Mallory Blauser finished the set with a final kill, and the Belles led 2-0 for the evening overall.

The third and final set began with a Mustang lead, but the Belles responded with an 11-0 run, racking up a dozen points.

As the score sat at 21-12, freshman outside hitter Ali Davison began a 4-0 run that led to the Belles winning the LSC regular season championship.

Blauser led the Belles both defensively and offensively with 11 kills, 14 digs and three aces.

The Belles will travel to New Mexico to play Eastern New Mexico University Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. followed by a match against Western New Mexico Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

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