Belles dominate the Greyhounds and Lady Buffs

Sophomore middle blocker is ranked top five in hitting percentage in the LSC

By Rosanna Aguilera
On September 20, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro:
Audrey Fragniere, senior, attempts to spike the ball over the net in past game against Texas A&M Commerce earlier this season. Fragniere had 21 kills.

 

The Belles volleyball team won two out-of-town games on Sept. 14 and 15, giving them two more Lone Star Conference wins.

On Friday, Sept. 14, the team defeated Eastern New Mexico University 3-2 for their first win at the Greyhound Arena in four years.

“Tonight’s match was a crazy roller coaster,” Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. “We started out really clean in the first two sets, while Eastern was high error.”

In the first set, ASU dominated, holding ENMU to a -.208 hitting percentage and recording nine kills.

In the third set, the Belles recorded 12 kills.

In the third and fourth sets, ASU allowed the Greyhounds to outhit them, leading to a tie and a winner-take-all fifth set.

Waddington said sets three and four were the exact opposite of the first two.

ASU took over the fifth set, holding ENMU to a -.050 hitting percentage and only one error recorded.

“The difference in set five was that we were able to put pressure on them from the service line, which gave us some easier scoring opportunities, and I was really proud of the way my team fought in that final set,” Waddington said.

Senior Audrey Fragniere and junior Sundara Chinn led the team offensively, recording a combination of 24 kills on a .261 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Baleigh Allen and freshman Sophia Berg recorded five and three blocks, respectively; they led the team’s defense.

Junior setter Meghan Parker recorded 41 assists and eight digs.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Belles beat West Texas A&M University 3-1.

This win improved ASU to a 4-1 record in conference play.

Throughout the first two sets, the Belles hit .350 with 31 kills while only allowing the opposing team to hit .128.

In the third set, the Lady Buffs and the Belles went back and forth with the lead, but ASU lost the set.

The Belles came back in the fourth set, recording 16 kills on 42 attacks with junior Anna Graham putting down the final point to win the set.

In this game, Fragniere recorded 20 kills on a .326 hitting percentage. 

Allen is currently ranked in the top five in the Lone Star Conference in hitting percentage; she recorded 12 kills with only one error, putting her at a .423 mark.

Chinn and freshman Chloe Robinson both recorded 19 digs in this match; it was a season and career high from Robinson.

Parker recorded a double-double with 50 assists and 10 digs.

The team will be back on their home turf on Friday, Sept. 21, to face Texas A&M University - Kingsville. 

 

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