Slow start and costly unforced errors proved to be too much for the Javelinas volleyball team in their final home game of the season at Hampton Inn Court, Nov. 3.
The Javelina (15-12, 7-10) took on then ninth-ranked Angelo State Belles (24-3, 17-1), but fell short in a four-set loss (25-12, 27-25, 22-25, 25-22).
“We [Javelinas] didn’t really produce; Angelo State is a powerful team and we just couldn’t match-up,” said Head Coach Tanya Allen.
With the loss the Javelinas fell to 2-1 in their short three-game home stand, picking up a three set win over St Mary’s (25-23,-25-23, 25-15) and a four-set win over the then second place conference team Tarleton State (25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22) before their loss to Angelo State to improve to 11-4 at Hampton Inn Court. The loss did not effect the Javelinas conference standings. They still sit in the sixth spot.
The Javelinas will look to get back into the win column tonight as they face Lone Star conference rival Incarnate Word Cardinals (6-11,9-18) in San Antonio.
In the first set with the visiting Belles the Javelinas struggled to get any momentum as they hit a negative .029 hitting percentage and committing a match high nine errors on the way to dropping the opening set, 25-12.
The Javelinas were able to respond in the second set, falling behind 5-1 but going on an 11-7 run to take a 12-11 lead.
Both teams exchanged rallies to even up the score at 25. Following a Javelina error, the Belles would end the set on a kill, taking the set 27-25.
Kelsey Washington, Dedra Brown and Sarah Fountain led the team offensively in the third set with each player having four kills apiece hitting with a .359 percentage.
The Javelinas would use a 5-2 run late to take the third set 25-22.
In the fourth set, the Belles appeared ready to take the set and match as they jumped out to a 17-12 lead following a 10-10 tie to start the set.
The Javelinas would not go down quietly as they responded with a 7-2 run to make the score 19-17. That would be as close as the Javelinas would get . The Belles capitalize on some Javelina errors to take the final set, 25-22, and secure the match.
Fountain finished with 40 assists and 16 digs for Kingsville, while Kalinda Graves posted her fourth match of the season with 20-plus digs with 21. Washington and Ali Insell each had 14 digs, along with Bethany Friesenhahn who was able to dig out 11 balls in the loss.
“Unforced errors, ball control errors, not making the right decision at the right time we got to clean it up a bit,” Allen said.
The Javelinas will have a chance to clean up those errors and finish the season strong as the Javelinas have a three game road trip to conclude the season, starting with their match tonight against the Cardinals in San Antonio.
Then end the season with matches with seventh ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffaloes on Friday Nov. 9 before a season finale match-up Saturday Nov. 10 against the Eastern New Mexico Zias in Portales, New Mexico.
With the LSC Tournament only two weeks away, the Javelinas still control their own destiny, Allen said.
The top eight teams advance to tournament play and with the Javelinas currently in sixth place.
Last year the Javelinas advanced to the LSC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and were eliminated in the first-round. As the sixth seed, they may draw an opponent whom they can handle and survive longer, Allen said.