The Javelinas volleyball team (5-0) stepped onto Hampton Inn Court inside the Steinke Physical Education Center for their home opener, to face the St. Mary’s Rattlers (1-4), riding a four-game winning streak to start the season.
The Hoggies breezed through the Rattlers in straight sets (23-25, 17-25, 15-25) to improve to their best start since 2012.
The Rattlers played the Javelinas blow-for-blow for the first half of the first set.
However, the Hoggies would eventually pull away, leading by as much as six points.
St Mary’s put up a mini-run, and nearly caught the Hogs within one, but Kingsville took the set, 23-25.
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. 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 it has happened in four years. “We made some changes to 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 has been playing consistently as of late, 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 led the team with 13 kills while picking up 11 digs and a service ace, accounting for her third double-double thus far in the season.
Klobedans was another key factor for the Hogs, picking up a double-double of her own, with 34 assists and 12 digs.
Also in the mix, was Faison, adding in 12 kills, and 9 digs.
This weekend the Javelinas will head up to Pueblo Colorado to play in the Steel and Silver Classic.
Game one against Adams State, will be at 9:00 A.M.
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