Belles get spiked by Tarleton State

ASU wins two home games, remaining undefeated at home but lose in Stephenville

By Rosanna Aguilera
On September 14, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Anna Graham, junior, attempts to block the Texas A&M-Commerce setter. Graham had a recorded seven kills against TAMUC. 

 

The Belles volleyball team won two games against Texas A&M - Commerce and Texas Woman’s University on Sept. 7 and 8. The team lost to the Tarelton State TexAnns 3-1 on Tuesday night.

“We opened up with two really tough teams at home,” Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. 

On Friday, Sept. 7, ASU beat the No. 17 Commerce 3-2 to log the team’s first Lone Star Conference win of the season.

The first two sets were slow for the Belles, but they found their game in the third set. They took at 15-14 lead to a 24-14 lead.

Freshman Morgan Preston played a huge role in the third set with her serves, and sophomore Baleigh Allen got huge blocks to help as well.

Junior Meghan Parker and senior Audrey Fragniere led the Belles Friday night. Parker had 51 assists and 11 digs, while Fragneire led them with 21 kills and a .326 hitting percentage.

Freshman Brianna Hudson also finished with 13 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.

“She was unbelievable, they couldn’t stop her,” Waddington said regarding Hudson. 

Waddington said she was a game changer for them but all of the team did great.

“We cleaned our game up and it made a big difference for us in that match,” Waddington said. 

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Belles won 3-1 against the TWU Pioneers, putting them up with two Lone Star Season wins and keeping them undefeated at home for the season.

In this game as well, ASU’s defense was excellent. The team put up 14 blocks. TWU never came over a .200 hitting percentage in any set.

The Belles were behind in first set 20-14 until Preston came to serve, bringing the team back to win the set.

In the second set, the lead switched between the teams until the final points, when the Belles closed it out to win with a seven point lead.

The other sets went to the Belles as well.

“The environment in our gym was electric, it was unbelievable all weekend for both matches” Waddington said. “It was a true testament to our fans.”

On Tuesday Sept. 11, the Belles lost 3-1 to the TexAnns; this was their first Lone Star Conference loss of the season putting them 9-4 on the season and 2-1 in the LSC play.

The Belles had a strong start to the game  winning the first set 26-24. In the other three sets, the TexAnns took the momentum.

Junior Sundara Chinn was the team leader in kills for the game with 12, five digs and three blocks. 

The Belles will be back on their home turf on Sept. 21 to face Texas A&M University Kingsville.

 

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