Volleyball takes down University of the Southwest in weekend series

The volleyball team defeated University of the Southwest (USW) 3-0 on Friday and Saturday. The Saints improve to 8-1 overall and are undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) at 5-0. Southwest falls to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Scott Mattera commented on the first match, “We really looked like a machine for about 75 percent of the match. We are starting to find a very consistent level of play, but we can’t have the little lapses like we did in the third set. Overall, I was very happy with our effort.”

Mattera also addressed the second match, “USW made some solid adjustments and their ball control was better. Our serve game wasn’t quite as good today and that allowed Southwest to have some more opportunities. Kalani Ketchens (SR/San Antonio, Texas) has grasped and owned our arm swing system and it shows in her ability to hit with easy power.”

History

The Saints are 15-4 against the Mustangs.

First match vs. USW

Basics

The Saints were in control for the entire match against the Mustangs. OLLU had a hitting percentage of .475 and 46 kills. Lauren Woitena (FR/New Braunfels, Texas) recorded 13 kills and Anissa Tamez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) assisted on 28 plays. Southwest struggled with a .123 kill percentage and 13 errors.

Scoring overview against USW

Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 10
Set Two – OLLU 25 – USW 14
Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 19

Set review

In the first set, OLLU recorded 17 kills and two errors on 26 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .577.

The Saints had 12 kills in the second set and two errors on 23 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .435.

In the third set, OLLU had 17 kills and four errors on 31 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .419.

On the offense

Overall, the Saints had 46 kills for a hitting percentage of .475. Southwest had 22 kills for a hitting percentage of .123.

Leading the way for the Saints was Woitena with 13 kills. Ketchens followed with 11 kills.

USW’s Dylann Bylund led the Mustangs with eight kills.

Serving it up

The Saints tallied eight service aces while the Mustangs recorded one.

Second match vs. USW

Basics

Southwest tested the Saints in the second match. The Mustangs tallied more total attacks and forced the Saints to commit 17 errors. Despite USW’s effort, the Saints won in straight sets again. Ketchens shined once again with 16 kills and a .400 kill percentage. Cassidy Haller (FR/Cibolo, Texas) tallied eight kills and 20 total attacks.

Scoring overview against USW

Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 20
Set Two – OLLU 25 – USW 20
Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 15

Set review

In the first set, OLLU recorded 17 kills and six errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .282.

The Saints had 12 kills in the second set and seven errors on 37 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .135.

In the third set, OLLU had 10 kills and four errors on 24 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .250.

On the offense

Overall, the Saints had 39 kills for a hitting percentage of .220. Southwest had 24 kills for a hitting percentage of .390.

Leading the way for the Saints was Ketchens with 16 kills. Haller followed with eight kills.

USW’s Alexia Esparza led the Mustangs with six kills.

Serving it up

The Saints tallied five service aces while the Mustangs recorded four.

What’s next

The Saints travel to Laredo, Texas, to take on NCAA D2 Texas A&M International University on March 18 at 6 p.m.