This past week for StMU volleyball has been extremely successful but not without it's ups and downs. We took on Texas A&M Kingsville and Texas A&M International and came out on top in both matches. While we may have won both of these games, it was not without a lot of hard work and discipline in practice the days before that we were able to get the wins in both of these games.
Practice this week involved a lot of communication between hitters and setters, serve receive, and most importantly of all, out of system balls. As a team we know we are dominant when we are able to get balls in system, but we struggle to put balls down and to keep them in play when we are out of system either out of serve receive or in defense. We worked a lot with setters on playing the first ball, defense taking the second ball, and hitters hitting the 55 ball (five feet off the net five feet inside the court) aggressively and smartly placed inside the court. We also focused on keeping our serving aggressive, which is one of our teams strong suits.
First we took on Kingsville, who during season we took a pretty tough loss to but we were all ready to come out onto our home court and show them that just because we may have taken the loss last time, did not mean were about to do the same thing again. In the first set we came back from being down the entire game until about point 18 and ended up taking the set. We came into the second set with lots of confidence and took that set as well. While we ended up falling to them in the second set, we eventually came back even stronger in the fourth set to clinch the overall win. This was a great and important victory for us because it proved that we can take down tough teams.
The match against Texas A&M International was more of a mental challenge than any of us could have imagined. We came into the match winning the first set and then had to battle back against mental and physical adversity after losing the following set. We were then in the fifth set of the game against International and while everyone was tired, everyone fought hard to win the fifth and final set to win the match and leave us with a 2-0 record for the week.
The wins may not have been entirely easy ones this week for St. Mary's Volleyball, but in the end all of the hard work put into practice, scouting film, and playing in the actual games, paid off. Coming into this next week we are going to continue to try and keep our stats getting better and better and to continue working well together as a team.
#4 Erin Roou
This week was a series of up and down for us. We started of the week at Howard Payne University where we swept the yellow jackets in 3! Thursday however did not turn out our way. We suffered a hard loss to St. Edwards which also marked the start of conference. But, we didn’t let that keep us down, we got back in the gym on Friday and worked out the kinks for our match against DBU on Saturday. We were up 2-0 at the the start of the third set and let DBU come back to tie the score at 2-2. In the fifth set we gave it everything we had, all the heart and passion we’ve needed really came out in the final set. We came out with a thrilling victory with the final score being 26-24! We really came together as a team this match and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings! After a much needed day off on Sunday, we are ready to get back in the gym and get ready for our rematch against Kingsville on Tuesday!
-Maddi King #8
Hello! My name is Ariana Flores and I am a sophomore DS. So, a little bit about me: My major is Business Management and I aspire to one day go into hospital administration. I have four other siblings (1 brother and 3 sisters), so I am the oldest of five children. My favorite color is blue and I love going on adventures.
This past weekend we were lucky enough to travel all the way to Louisville, Kentucky for a tournament! The weekend overall was a great experience with all of my teammates and coaches! So you all can get a feel of how our weekend went, I’ll go through a timeline of the things we did J
So, starting Thursday 9/8, we left school for the Austin airport at 6am sharp. We arrived at the airport only 30 minutes before our plane started boarding so we were lucky that the airport wasn’t busy! After going through security, we got some delicious breakfast sandwiches that we ate on the airplane. On the plane, I sat next to Shelly and she is very afraid of flying so it was pretty funny watching her as the plane took off! The flight was about two and a half hours and it went by very quickly which was great! We landed safely in Cincinnati, Ohio where our luxurious charter bus was waiting for us outside. The whole team was very surprised about the leather seats, charger plugs, and great speakers the bus had! From the airport we were on our way to coaches parents’ house in Louisville which was about an hour and a half away. (Since I didn’t mention before, Louisville is coach’s hometown!!)
Coaches parents were such great hosts and have a beautiful home! When we got there, we ate a very satisfying BBQ meal. After eating we played some fun games! We were split up into 3 different teams and first we played catch phrase, which was so much fun, and then we played gestures. That game was funny because we had to act out some inanimate objects such as a mailbox so, as you can imagine, it was interesting. J After games we got to sing Happy Birthday to coaches youngest daughter Riley who was turning 1!! She got a whole cake to herself to destroy but she wasn’t a fan of the icing so she just played with it instead. We got to eat DELICIOUS cupcakes and got to choose from vanilla, chocolate, or caramel.
The next day, Friday 9/9, was game day!!!! First we played West Georgia University at 11:30am and beat them in just 3 sets! It was a really great way to start off the tournament! After our first game we got sub sandwiches from a place called Penn Station. I had never heard of it before but it was very good. We did some scouting and some studying before it was time for our next match against Bellarmine University at 7pm. Our last game for the day was one of the most competitive games we’ve played all season! Unfortunately, we didn’t pull out the win in the 5th set but we never gave up and kept fighting until the very end. Although it’s never fun to lose, we took that loss and learned from it.
We started the next morning early with breakfast at 8 am to fuel us for our 11:30 am game against Alderson Broaddus University. We played an aggressive first game and won in 3! Our next game was against Ohio Valley University, which we also won in 3 sets! Although it wasn’t our best performance, we still managed to win! After our games, we went straight to Hard Rock Cafe for our last dinner, and it hit the spot. Coach treated us to ice cream after dinner for our hard work over the weekend which reeeeally hit the spot! Overall the weekend went really well, we finished 3-1 and two of the girls got All-Tournament (Bree Perry and Shelly Chaperon) so we were all very proud of them! We ended the trip on a great note, and we can’t wait to start our conference matches and dominate!
#1 Ariana Flores
Hey Rattler fans! As most of you all know, we played a team from Shandong, China last Monday night. It was a super fun and challenging match, and I think we played our hearts out! Later that week we headed out to San Angelo to play in our first conference tournament. We started off on Saturday playing two nationally ranked teams! They were both very challenging matches that we lost, but it was a good chance to try new lineups and figure out what we needed to work on more. Sunday we took on Regis in the morning with a very close match, but sadly lost that one. Finally, our last game was against South Dakota Mines, and we were determined not to lose!! Scores came out to be 26-24, 25-14, and 25-12 as we took our first win of the weekend! It was a good first tournament for us and we were able to see what we needed to work hard on these next couple of weeks before our first conference matches starting September 15th :-) Can't wait to head to Kingsville tomorrow as we take on TAMUK @7pm!
#15 Bre Perry