The Javelina volleyball team took to the court at the Steinke Physical Education Center for their home opener versus the St Mary’s riding a four-game winning streak to start the season. They breezed through the Rattlers in three straight sets, to take improve to their best start since 2012.
The Rattlers played the Javelinas blow for blow for the first half of the first set, but the Hoggies pulled away, leading by as much as six points. St Mary’s put up a mini-run, and moving within one, but Kingsville took the set 25-23.
The Javelinas were firmly in the driver’s seat in the second set, courtesy of a six-point run that featured kills by Casey Klobedans and Krystal Faison. St Mary’s could only cut the lead down to as little as five before dropping the set 25-17.
That domination continued in the form of a 13-2 run to start the third set that featured six kills and two service aces. After that run, the Rattlers were unable to close the lead down to less than eight points as the Javelinas finish the set sweep 25-15.
This is the second time a Tanya Allen team has won five straight, and the first time in four years.
“We made some changes for our offense”, Coach Allen said, “We sped up the tempo a little bit and we’ve been changing our sets around and it has been successful for us so far, we have the personnel to make it work”
Haley Hutchinson used every inch of her 6’1” frame to her advantage, picking up two blocks and six kills for her fourth straight game.
“She’s been working hard to speed up her feet a bit so that her arm can be faster and it shows”, said Coach Allen
Ashley Bukowski lead the team with 13 kills while picking up 11 digs and a service ace.
This weekend the Javelinas will head up to Pueblo Colorado to play in the Steel and Silver Classic. Among the teams played will be the 3rd ranked team in the nation, the Wayne State Wildcats.
They will return to the SPEC on September 16 to kickoff Lone Star Conference play against newcomer Western New Mexico.