Crusaders try to save season

Outdoor Cru sports are in mid-season this fall including football, soccer, golf and tennis. However, the ladies of the volleyball team are also back playing in the indoor sports arena of the Mayborn Campus
Center. Led by head Coach Kecia Davis, the team has returned with a few new players to help propel the squad to success.

Eight freshmen along with two transfers have been added to the roster, and Davis said, “They have acclimated well in such a short period of time.”

Davis is assisted by Nobu Togami who was the head coach in the 1985-86 season. Together they work to perfect the women’s mechanics and communication skills.

The team suffered a disappointing season last year, missing the conference tournament by one match and ending their season with a record of 7-22. But with the addition of a couple of six-foot players and a preseason ranking of 4th in conference, the ladies are expecting great things.

Setter Michelle Walker looks on as her teammate passes the ball after a block from the other team. The Cru lost to Southwestern University 0-3. They have seven matches left. Photo by Julius Austin

Sophomore defensive specialist Jasmin Austin said, “We have so much more height on the team that it’s almost impossible for us to have a losing season.”

Blocking is something they struggled with last year, but with the new elevation, they believe it will become one of their strong points.

Sophomore setter Kayla Marzean said, “I think we are going to be really good. With the kind of talent we have, our team should exceed all expectations.”

As far as team chemistry, things seem to be on the upswing. Austin felt some of the freshman might have a problem stepping up, but Marzean believes things are going well.

“They really took on their responsibilities and roles,” she said. “We are meshing great this year.”

As of now the ladies are off to a slow start with a conference record of 3-7 and an overall record of 6-20. But with a few games left, the team remains hopeful.

Davis wants to achieve a few goals this fall including seeking more of her players receive academic honors, having an above-500 season and making it to the conference tournament.

Marzean said, “I think the season isn’t quite going how we expected, but there is so much potential. Whenever we get down, we just have to keep reminding ourselves that impossible is nothing.”

Author: Joseph Warren

Joseph is a senior communication major from Humble, Texas, as well as the assistant sports editor. He took a year off from Cru soccer, but he is back with the team to play his final year. He is a big music lover who is always up for a good, live show.

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