Lady volleyball steps up performance with eight-game win streak
Lady Cru volleyball is off to a great start as they hit mid-season stride and open up conference play with an ASC record of 7-1.
As the team gets in to a crucial part of the season, head coach Robert Frost reminds his team of what he likes to call the intangibles. “(We) have to get our hearts right, our minds right, and our attitudes right.”
The success the team has earned so far can only be attributed to the stability that he has brought to them, the camaraderie the women have formed and their focus on Christ.
Frost hopes the team, “(Keeps) focus on God and grows as people.”
He is amazed to have these hopes answered when he sees players round up for voluntary prayer before every match and can testify that “God is working this year in many ways.”
Outside hitter and sophomore exercise and sport science major Morgan Baker shares her take on the Lady Cru tactics as they finish out the season.
“We take one game at a time, playing our hardest and giving all the glory to God,” she said.
By the numbers, the volleyball team is doing far better than last year. Senior exercise and sport science major and setter Anissa Garcia has almost surpassed last year’s total assists with 561 just halfway through the season.
Of her achievement she said, “I can’t focus on my own stats. I’m too proud of the team as a whole; the rest is just icing on the cake.”
Statistically, Baker has been an up-and-coming versatile threat on the court posting more than 100 kills and leading the team in digs with just over 200.
Additionally, senior Sara Hayward has been a huge presence on defense leading the team with 34 total blocks.
The Lady Cru has an overall record of 12-3 so far of the 29 games in the regular season; with this kind of pace hopes are high to compete in the ASC Tournament in November. However, HSU and McMurry continue with a flawless ASC record.
Coming off a rough season last year with an overall record of 10-21, talk of playoffs this early in the season is a good sign.
An excited Baker said, “We hope to win as many as possible and are striving for first in our division so we can host the conference tournament.”
Garcia commented on the impact that bringing the ASC tournament home would make.
“It would be a huge advantage to look forward to, and it has been in the back of our minds since the beginning of the season. It would be an amazing experience to share with UMHB.”
Winning 11 of their last 12 games, the Lady Cru are well on their way and have been cruising through tournaments.
Most recently the girls won the first ASC Dig Pink Challenge of the season winning all three matches in the short tournament.
Up next is the ten-game three-state-wide tournament, ASC Dig Pink Challenge II that kicks off Oct. 7 in Tyler.
Then only the Millsaps College Tournament in Mississippi stands between the regular season and the ASC tournament.