Belles volleyball solidifies success on Senior Day Weekend

With a win of a conference rival, the Belles look to their playoff future

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On November 22, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Sophia Berg, sophomore, spikes the ball down for the point. Berg is a middle blocker for the Belles.

The ASU Belles Volleyball team on Nov. 15-16 secured two vic­tories over Tarleton State University and Dallas Baptist University to continue their undefeated home streak.

In the first game of the weekend, the Belles faced their confer­ence rivals TSU in a back-and-forth shootout.

The TSU Texans rode a momentous wave early in many of the sets, cutting into the Blue and Gold defense, but the Belles matched them time and time again thanks in part to juniors Lindsey Ledyard and Bailey Drum.

Ledyard provided crucial serves throughout the evening, help­ing to set the Belles up for a favorable position.

“I’m so proud of the team’s response to opposition,” head coach Chuck Waddington said.

By the time the Texans tried staging a comeback in the fourth set, the Belles already had complete control of the tempo to coast in for the win.

“These wins mean a lot,” Drum said. “The intensity is always high against teams like this. We’ve had a rivalry with Tarleton and hav­en’t beat them in three years, so with them leaving the conference now, this feels like a great note to end on.”

The Belles squad then faced the DBU Patriots early Saturday afternoon on Nov 16. In celebration of Senior Day, six seniors were honored for their athletic careers and commitment.

In the first set, the Belles took charge and dominated due to DBU’s attacking errors. The lunchtime game was characterized by a high number of kills and a capitalization on the Patriots’ mistakes thanks in part to senior Sundara Chinn and sophomore Kailyn Gil­breath, who had 15 and 14 kills respectively.

The Belles would go on to win the game, 3-1.

“We excel when we play our game,” Chinn said. “Trusting in each other and sticking to what we do best is what this is all about.”

The Belles volleyball team will start preparing for playoffs with the Lone Star Conference tournament on Nov. 19.

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