With two games remaining in the 2014 season, the Texas A&M University Volleyball team wrapped up their week with a 2-1 record on the road. After taking care of Texas Southern University and Texas A&M University Commerce, TAMUK would fall in a full five sets to Texas Woman’s University.
After traveling to Houston to begin their three game road trip, the Lady Javelinas took their talents to H&PE Arena to face a (9-15) TSU team.
Every player on the club finished with at least five kills, led by Krystal Faisons with 12, and TAMUK would go on to sweep their opponent in three sets with a final score of 25-20, 25-16, 25-18.
Up next for TAMUK would be the Commerce Lions, who the Lady Javelinas swept in their first meeting on Sept. 26 at Hampton Inn Court. Head Coach Tanya Allen and her squad were looking to repeat that performance and they would do just that.
Senior outside Hitter Kelsey Washington stole the show as she led the team in kills with 15 and 11 digs as well. TAMUK would go on to finish with a combined 60 kills.
“Kelsey is a very bright kid and she has instincts for the game that can’t be taught. I am very pleased with her level of performance and leadership this season,” Allen said.
The Lady Javelinas would go on to win in four sets against TAMUC on Halloween night, with total dominance. The hogs would slip past the Lions in the first two sets and although they fell in the third, TAMUK would bounce back behind Washington and Brett Zoaccardo who finished with a game high 28 digs.
“We had a very solid week overall and I was very pleased. Obviously I wish we would have pulled out the win against TWU, but I am pleased with our effort and competitiveness,” Allen said.
After their 2-0 start to their road trip, the Lady Javelinas would travel to Denton, Texas for their final road game of the season. Although they would fall to the TWU, the Lady Javelinas came to play and it showed.
Freshman Krystal Faison led the team with 16 kills and would be the reason the Lady Javelinas took a commanding 2-1 lead through the first 3 sets of play.
In the final set of the match, TAMUK would show their talent with a 5-2 run to tie the game at 12-12. Tying the match at 13 and then at 14, TWU was able to score the game’s final two points to defeat the Javelinas, 16-14, to grab the win.
“Our match against TWU was a hard fought battle. The last set was point for point throughout. TWU is a regionally ranked team and they are an outstanding team. We made a few too many unforced errors at crucial times and I think that was the difference in the math,” Allen said.
With only two games left and both of them in Kingsville where TAMUK posts an impressive 8-3 record, Coach Allen knows that her team has to keep their heads up in these final two matches whoever the opponent may be.
“Our focus on these last two matches is the same it has been all year. We need to use every opportunity to get better. We have to continue to improve everyday,” she said.
The Lady Javelinas are looking to finish the season with two wins on Hampton Inn Court against LSC opponents Midwestern State and Cameron University, before they prepare for a potential playoff next week and add to their impressive 2014 campaign record of 17-11.
“Both Midwestern and Cameron are very talented teams. Their record is not an indication of their lack of talent, but rather how competitive the LSC is. Both teams are very good defensively, and we have to excel in serve receive and we have to be aggressive offensively,” said Allen.