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Volleyball sweeps conference players of the week awards

Sadie Ballesteros (JR/Atascosa, Texas) earned Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5. OLLU’s Madelynn Strzelczyk (SO/Marion, Texas) was tabbed as the RRAC Setter of the Week for the second straight week, and her teammate, Tina Trevino (FR/Laredo, Texas), was recognized as a repeat winner of the RRAC Defender of the Week award for the same dates. This is the second set of weekly awards for the 2021 RRAC volleyball season.

Ballesteros averaged 2.9 kills per set in a 2-1 week for the Saints. The junior outside hitter from Atascosa, Texas, posted a .373 hitting percentage with only four errors in 59 attacks. Ballesteros reached a high of 11 kills in a loss to Wayland Baptist University (WBU), and she was 7-of-14 in a 3-0 sweep of Central Christian College. She has a .348 hitting percentage on the season. OLLU moved to 4-2 overall. 

Strzelczyk posted 10.9 assists per set for the week. The sophomore setter from Marion, Texas, contributed 34 assists in a 3-0 win over Langston and 48 against WBU. Strzelczyk now has 217 assists in six matches for an average of 10.3 per set, which is 16th best in the NAIA. 

Trevino continued the strong start to her college career with 57 digs last week. The freshman defensive specialist from Laredo, Texas, recorded 17 digs against Langston and a new career-high of 31 at WBU. Trevino is 21st nationally with 5.3 digs per set on the season.

Volleyball wins one of two matches in Oklahoma

Brittany Martinez gets a dig during last week’s home game.

Brittany Martinez gets a dig during last week’s home game.

The OLLU volleyball team ended the regular season with a loss and a win this past weekend. The Saints dropped two sets to three against Bacone College in Muskogee and won in three sets over Langston. The Saints end the regular season with a 9-4 record in the Red River Athletic Conference and 14-10 overall. Bacone finishes with a 9-4 conference and 19-10 overall record, while Langston drops to 3-10 in the conference and 7-16 overall.

The University of Texas at Brownsville ends the season as the top seed in the conference and in the NAIA with a 13-0 conference and 29-0 overall record. Wiley College (11-2/20-12) is the second seed in the conference, while Bacone is the third and OLLU is the fourth. The conference tournament will begin on Nov. 8 in Brownsville. OLLU will be matched up against No. 5-seeded University of St. Thomas and will play at noon. The winner of that match will play the semifinals match at 5:30 p.m., and the championship match will take place on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Read more online.