The volleyball team won both matches against Paul Quinn College (PQC) over the weekend. The Saints improve to 9-8 overall and remain undefeated in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play at 6-0. The Tigers drop to 5-5 overall and 2-4 in conference.
The Saints were 7-0 against the Tigers prior to the matches.
Head Coach Scott Mattera commented, “We were in control and playing clean volleyball but for some reason we just didn’t come out ready for game three. The serve receive broke down and we allowed them to catch fire. The upperclassmen got it done with Camila Ramirez and Madalyn Gonzalez both finishing with double digit kills and high hitting percentages!”
The Saints held the Tigers to under .100 hitting percentage on Friday in a four-set victory. The Saints won the first two sets and had a .455 hitting percentage in the first frame. The Tigers took the third set behind 15 kills. OLLU responded with 16 kills and only two errors in the fourth frame to take the match.
Set One – OLLU 25 – PQC 16
Set Two – OLLU 25 – PQC 21
Set Three – PQC 25 – OLLU 22
Set Four – OLLU 25 – PQC 12
In the first set, OLLU recorded 18 kills and three errors on 33 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .455.
The Saints had 16 kills in the second set and seven errors on 41 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .220.
In the third set, OLLU recorded 10 kills and three errors on 44 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .159.
The Saints had 16 kills in the fourth set and two errors on 29 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .483.
On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 60 kills for a hitting percentage of .313. PQC totaled 37 kills for a hitting percentage of .085.
Gonzalez led the Saints with 16 kills. Lauren Reynard assisted on 45 plays for OLLU.
Serving it up
Reynard and Mia Francis led the Saints with two service aces apiece.
Mattera said, “Credit to Paul Quinn College, they took advantage of our complacency and caught us flat footed with tips and dumps. Our pins played well offensively, and we were able to overcome it. This was a good opportunity to learn, and we’ll get that cleaned up at practice this week!”
The Saints finished play at Paul Quinn with a sweep on Saturday. OLLU hit .462 in the first set and .342 in the third set. The Tigers tested the Saints in the final frame, but OLLU was able to pull out a 26-24 win to remain undefeated in the RRAC. The Saints have never lost to the Tigers with a 9-0 series advantage.
Set One – OLLU 25 – PQC 23
Set Two – OLLU 25 – PQC 16
Set Three – OLLU 26 – PQC 24
In the first set, OLLU recorded 21 kills and three errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .462.
The Saints had 15 kills in the second set and five errors on 37 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .270.
In the third set, OLLU recorded 16 kills and three errors on 38 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .342.
On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 52 kills for a hitting percentage of .360. PQC totaled 36 kills for a hitting percentage of .177.
Mia Dorsey and Ramirez led the Saints with 15 kills each. Reynard assisted on 49 plays for OLLU.
OLLU had a total of 51 digs, led by Reynard and Julissa Casas with nine each. Gonzalez assisted on three blocks.
Serving it up
Francis led the Saints with three service aces.
The Saints battle Texas A&M University-Texarkana at home on Friday at 7 p.m.