Saints volleyball to begin quest for conference title on Thursday
The OLLU volleyball program will look to defend its Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular-season title this fall. Head Coach Scott Mattera brings a career .760 winning percentage and .891 conference mark into the season, aided by former Saint and Assistant Coach Raven Swain.
The Saints had a fairly young roster as they navigated the schedule last season. Seven of the nine starters were freshmen and led the squad to an undefeated 16-0 conference record. OLLU lost a heartbreaking five set match to Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) in the conference tournament championship. The Saints ranked in the top 20 of the NAIA with 2.09 service aces per set.
Schedule overview (Numbers after school indicate all-time records.)
OLLU opens the season by hosting the Alamo City Volleyesta on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Bellevue University (BU), Loyola University New Orleans (LUNO), the University of Jamestown (UJ) and Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) will battle alongside the Saints. The Saints face BU (0-1) for the first match of the season on Aug. 17. They continue play in the tournament by facing LUNO (2-1) and UJ on Aug. 18. Jamestown is the defending NAIA champions, and it will be the first matchup between the programs. OLLU closes the tournament by squaring up against TWU (9-19) on Aug. 19.
The Saints host another tournament the following weekend. The San Antonio ShinDig consists of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), Carroll College (CC) and Oklahoma City University (OCU). The squad will battle SAGU (10-9) on Aug. 25 and close the tournament with matches against CC and OCU (2-2) on Aug. 26.
The first road trip of the season is in Bellevue, Neb., for the Labor Day Classic. The Saints will face Avila University on Aug. 31, Central Methodist University and Dakota Wesleyan University on Sept. 1 and Indiana University Kokomo on Sept. 2. OLLU will take on these programs for the first time. There are two other non-conference matches during the regular season. The team will play at NCAA D3 programs Trinity University (6-7) on Oct. 10 and Texas Lutheran University (5-3) on Oct. 11.