Volleyball seeks ASC
An hour of P90X followed by passing, serving, blocking, and hitting drills is the strict practice schedule that will hopefully lead to a conference title for the volleyball team.
The women have set high standards for themselves in order to make it to the ASC championship tournament. After missing out by one match last year, they are dedicating themselves to having a winning season.
Marketing major Erin Maenius is the only senior on the team this year and the only player to complete the conference tournament when the Cru went her freshman year. She knows it takes hard work and dedication to make it that far.
“We’ve set goals as a team to end at least second in our division, to improve our communication on the court and always give 100%,” she said. By setting these standards, the team hopes to improve their statistics from past seasons.
Head coach Kecia Davis is in her fifth season with the team and is looking to make her first appearance at the ASC championship tournament. She is counting the losses as productive in hopes that it gives the team areas to improve upon.
“We’ve got some things to work on, of course, but I think we will do better than they have us predicted to do in conference,” she said.
The team is ranked fourth in the preseason polls for the American Southwest Conference east Division. They are starting off strong with an overall record of 5-6.
Junior exercise sports science major Sara Hayward believes there is strong team chemistry and solid talent. The Cru welcomed six freshmen and two transfers and are returning ten players.
“We are really focusing on challenging each other so that when we play really good teams, we are able to compete at a level that can lead us to wins,” she said.
Freshman exercise sports science major Morgan Baker is anticipating the outcome of the season to be exciting, but is taking it one game at a time and becoming accustomed to playing for the Cru.
“The collegiate level of volleyball is very fast paced and thrilling for both the players and spectators .… We love having fans and love playing hard for God and our school,” she said.
The team went 3-1 this past weekend at the Austin College Tournament, losing to the host and sweeping their games on Saturday.
Tonight’s home game begins at 6 p.m. against the Houston-Tillotson University Rams in the Mayborn Campus Center.