Javelinas Fall Short on Season Opener

Javelinas Fall Short on Season Opener

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By: Jennifer Crist

 

Ali Insell dives for the ball in Tuesday's home game versus Abilene Christian

What seemed like an upset in the making ended in a loss for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina volleyball team after dropping their season opening with a loss against No. 25 Abilene Christian Wildcats in five sets: 23-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-12,15-13.

The AMK javelina volleyball team came out strong winning the first two matches before the Wildcats rebounded to take the next three games.

“They gained a little bit of momentum… We’re a young team, and our freshman were caught off guard,” said Tanya Allen, head coach.

AMK was on point with their spot serving and attacks during the first two matches. Senior middle blocker, Laura Macek, was a force around the net with three kills and 15 assists. Bethany Friesenhahn led the team with 13 kills and five digs.

“We need to definitely work on our attacks… We were a bit error-prone especially on our outside,” said Allen.

AMK fell short during the last three matches of the game as Abilene Christian became more aggressive on their attacks and put the Javelina defense on its toes.

Abilene Christian’s Jennie Hutt gave the Javelinas problems with 20 kills. AMK sophomore, Lauryn Lozano, led the team in offense with 14 kills.

“We want to continue to get better. We’re trying to win conference and we will have to take the young ones and fit them into big roles,” said Allen.

AMK will play Oklahoma Panhandle State in Canyon, Texas at 9:30 a.m. on Friday September 9.