Belles sweep Mustangs

ASU defeats Midwestern State in three games

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 12, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Meghan Parker, sophomore setter, sets the ball for a fellow Belle. Parker reached a season high of 33 assists.

The Angelo State volleyball team earned their 11th sweep over the Midwestern State Mustangs in Friday’s annual "Dig Pink" game raising breast cancer awareness.

The sets were 25-19, 25-19, and 25-16 putting the team 12-4 overall and 4-3 in their Lone Star Conference play.

The defense limited Midwestern to a .053 clip for the match and the offense had a .241 team hitting percentage led by Senior Brianna Sotello.

Sotello had 14 kills and headed the defense with 16 digs.

Head Coach Chuck Waddington said Sotello was a force in Friday’s game.

"She took some big swings for us both in system and out of system, handled the ball pretty well, dug a lot of balls so she’s our leader for a reason," Waddington said. "She knows how to play at a high level."

Sotello said she thinks she did okay but will always think she can do better personally.

"I think the team did really great," Sotello said. "We have some people out right now but everybody that stepped up for us is awesome."

Waddington said in the locker room between the second and third set he challenged them.

"We were winning the first two sets but we weren’t playing very clean," Waddington said.

Waddington said he told the players to be cleaner on their side because they weren’t handling their side very well. He said he challenged them to be cleaner and play the way they want to do it.

"It’s one thing to be up 2-0 but if you’re up 2-0 and playing well that’s better and we were not playing well," Waddington said.

"They responded to that pretty well ‘cause I was not very happy," Waddington said.

Sotello said they had talked about eliminating their errors and not missing as many serves.

"I think we missed four or five serves one set and just made kind of dumb errors and just trying to fix that on our side," Sotello said.

Waddington said in this "Dig Pink" game there was many distractions trying to make sure everything was going right on and off the court but said the players handled it well.

"It’s nice to have an event that means a lot to a lot of people," Waddington said.

Waddington said were many people at the game wearing pink and many people bought shirts and jerseys.

"It means something to them too so just to get a win on top of that really kind of ices the cake for us," Waddington said.

Sotello said they always have a good crowd and she loves wearing the pink jerseys.

"I’m sad it’s my last time but it’s exciting to be able to work hard for an organization that I think deserves all the recognition," Sotello said.

The team will face Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico on Friday October 13 at 6 p.m.

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