Volleyball comes back to defeat Scared Heart

Samantha Nguyen, Contributing Writer

Samantha Nguyen

Contributing Writer

The women’s volleyball team went out to Fullerton, Calif. for the Titan Classic this past weekend. The Bison played three games, garnering two losses and a win. On Aug. 29, the team played against Cal State Fullerton and lost 3-1. The next afternoon, the Orange and Blue played Texas Tech and lost 3-2. The Bison faced Sacred Heart later that night and pulled out a 3-2 victory.

“I am really proud of how we played. It was our first tournament of the season and we had a very good showing against very tough teams,” head coach Anna Allison said.

In the game against Cal State Fullerton, the Bison were on top after winning the first set 26-24. They went on to drop the next three sets. Hailey Stout ’18 smacked down 10 kills. Meghan Wentzel ’16 led the team with 23 assists and Kristen Parks ’17 had 17 digs, a team high. Next, they took on Texas Tech, who had won the previous night 3-0. The game lasted five sets. Karen Campbell ’16 had 15 kills, and both Stout and Jordan Walker ’17 had 14. Both teams traded sets until Texas Tech pulled through with a 15-8 win in the final set.

The team fought hard to come out with the win against Sacred Heart. There was a double-double from Wentzel (34 assists and 12 digs), and the team rallied after being two sets down. In the third set, both teams were tied at six before Katie Price ’16 served a 6-0 run to make it 12-6 and eventually take the set 25-16.

“All of our players made contributions at different times, and that is what volleyball is all about. It is the ultimate team sport because no individual player can take the ball down the court or the field, you need a strong unit working together. This past weekend was a great start, but we still have a lot of work to do before Patriot League starts,” Allison said.

It was a grueling weekend for the Bison, having to grind through 14 sets within 24 hours. This weekend, the Bison head off to the Columbia Invitational in New York, where they will face Columbia, Fairfield, and Stony Brook.

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