Rambelles defeat ENMU for the second time this season

Team moves up in the Lone Star Conference

By Erika Walker
On November 7, 2014

Photo by Summer Almaguer: Brianna Sotello goes in to hit
the ball over the net.

Photo by Summer Almaguer: Mallory Blauser and Zoey Hanrahan block the WT player’s attack at the net Oct. 31.

The Rambelles swept Eastern New Mexico University in the Lone Star Conference Nov. 1.

The team improved 18-6 overall and 10-5 in Lone Star Conference play, while ENMU fell to 12-15 and 4-10.

Shelby Wilt, senior, had a career high record of 34 digs in a three-set match, and Zoey Hanrahan, sophomore, contributed six block assists that helped contribute to the overall win over ENMU.

The Rambelles were dealing with a loss from their Oct. 31 game in which they suffered a five-set loss against West Texas A&M, but they refused to let that stop them.

“It was a question of who was going to have a better bounce back today,” Chuck Waddington, head coach, said. “We all agreed before the match that it would be a challenge for us because of the emotion of last night’s loss, so we had to be really focused on our jobs to get back on track.” The Rambelles did way more than just get back on track because they were making kills left and right.

Brianna Sotello, freshman, had an extremely strong game with nine kills and eight digs, while Abbie Lynn, freshman, Mallory Blauser, sophomore, and Hanrahan each had seven kills for the team.

Daeleigh Castile, freshman, contributed to ASU’s win with an amazing .417 attacking percentage and finished the match with six kills, four digs and two service aces.

Alexa Johnson, sophomore, led the offensive attack from the setter position with 36 assists. She also had seven digs and a kill to add on top of that.

Hanrahan has led the team with an astounding 82 blocks this season.

Victory over ENMU is nothing new to the Rambelles because they defeated the Zias in a threeset match on Sept. 26 in Portales, New Mexico.

The Rambelles went into the weekend at number nine in the NCAA Division II South Central rankings and have since won six of their last seven matches.

The Rambelles will finish off their regular season against Tarleton State and Lubbock Christian at home in the Junell Center.

“If we have any plans of going to a regional this year we’re going to have to go 2-0 next weekend,” Waddington said. “Tarleton is a very good team, and we’re going to have to be ready to go.”

The TexAnns are currently ranked No. 6 in the region and will bring a 20-6 record into the match after being defeated by West Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.

ASU and Tarleton State University will play the final LSC match of the season Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

They will play their last home game Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. with a non-conference contest next Saturday against Lubbock Christian University

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