Rambelles rack 2 home wins
Team stands 8-2 overall, 2-0 in LSC
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 16:09
In their win on Friday, nearly 800 screaming ASU fans were in attendance of a win against Midwestern State University.
“The atmosphere was great, the crowd was great, and when we needed them, in the middle of big points, they were loud and obnoxious, which is what we love,” Head Coach Chuck Waddington said.
The ‘Belles hit the ground running last weekend going 2-0 on Friday’s and Saturday’s games. They now boast a season record of eight wins and two losses. These wins were huge in that they were both conference wins and tacked on to this season’s 6-0 home record. As for the rest of the season, Waddington takes no opponent for granted.
“We’re doing well and we won the conference last year, so we’re going to get everybody’s best shot,” he said.
The ‘Belles are on a 23-consecutive-home-game-winning streak, and senior Leah McWilliams is quite proud of the home record.
“We’ve always played really well here, and there’s just something about the Junell [Center] that makes it hard for other teams to play, but it is really great for us,” McWilliams said.
The ‘Belles also reached the highest AVCA Division II rankings in the program’s history, jumping up to the seventh spot. Their previous high came just last year, when they were able to get up to the ninth spot. The ‘Belles began this year in the 15th spot with the pre-season polls.
Waddington said a few players really shined during the weekend games.
“Our two outsides really stepped up—[sophomore] Arielle Bond and Leah McWilliams played really well,” Waddington said. “Defensively, [sophomore] Katie MacLeay did a good job in the game on Friday night, and a ton of great plays for us.”
Bond had a career weekend and on Friday had her best performance of the season. Bond had a career high of 24 kills against Midwestern State University and proved to be clutch as one of her kills came on the 15th point of the fifth match, claiming the victory.
The ‘Belles started the night very strong with a win in the first match 25-18, but lost the next two with scores of 24-26 and 19-25.
They were in a tough spot at that point down 3-1, but were able to force a fifth match after taking a 25-22 win in the fourth, and eventually sealed the match with a 15-12 win, giving the ‘Belles the victory.
To go along with Bond’s big day, senior Maddie Huth had 11 kills with four blocks, and McWilliams had 10 kills with eight digs.
McWilliams’ performance carried on to the next day in a game. The ‘Belles controlled dominantly throughout, as she upped her kills to 16 and the ‘Belles topped Cameron University (4-7 and 0-3 in the Lone Star Conference).
The ‘Belles will be looking to take on more wins Friday when the team plays Incarnate Word, currently 4-4, and Saturday they face the Kingsville Javelinas.
“We’re looking forward to a great season,” Bond said. “We [have] a lot of energy and we’re really meshing as a team”