Rambelles gain victory over the Lions

Waddington wants team back in top 25

By Lela Howard
On October 10, 2014

Photo by Summer Almaguer: Alexa Johnson sets up the ball for Zoey
Hanrahan to score.

Photo by Summer Almaguer: Mallory Blauser goes up to block the other
team’s attempt to get a point.

The Rambelle volleyball team faced off against Texas A&M Commerce on Sept. 30 in the Junell Center.

The team beat the TAMC Lions and is now 11-2 and 6-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Shelby Wilt, senior, gave 20 digs throughout the game and Mallory Blauser, sophomore, contributed 15 kills as the Rambelles domesticated the Lions. Blauser is now the leader of the team for the season with 176 kills.

“We are doing a good job of moving the ball around,” Chuck Waddington, head coach, said. “I’d like to see our middles get the ball a little bit more, but we are doing a good job of moving it around on the pins and keeping teams off balance which is good.”

After the first week of the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, ASU fell from the rankings. To get back into the polls, we’ll need to advance in both the LSC and NCAA tourney, Waddington said.

However, the girls are not discouraged about the Top 25 listings.

“They try not to worry about things that they cannot control. We are just trying to win the next match,” Waddington said.

We want to go into matches wanting to beat teams as opposed to wanting to win the match, Waddington said.

“There’s a big difference between wanting to beat somebody and wanting to win,” Waddington said. “I feel like we finished really strong with that mentality.”

Abbie Lynn, freshman, and Cerbi Ritchey, sophomore, scored 20 kills together during the matches.

Freshman, Kelly Hasbrouck finished the match with 14 digs, while Katie MacLeay, junior, gave 11 and Haley Bianco added another 10 points.

“We are almost at the halfway point and doing well. We want to continue on that current streak and push for a conference title,” Waddington said. 

The Rambelle’s next match was against Tarleton State in Stephenville on October 3. Their next home game will be on Oct. 17 against Cameron University.

“It’s going to be a tough match in front of a loud crowd at Tarleton,” Waddington said. “They’re going to bring it. They are a high-end team with a lot of great players on their team. We’re going to have to be prepared mentally for what we’re about to face and then go out and get the job done physically.”

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