PREVIEW: Volleyball - No. 2 Colorado College (10/13) | Centenary College, Austin College (10/14)

2nd half of conference begins Friday at 1st place Colorado College.
2nd half of conference begins Friday at 1st place Colorado College.

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FIRST SERVE

The University of Dallas volleyball team begins the second half of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) action with three matches over October 13th-14th. Colorado College will be the site of the second divisional of the campaign and start the trio of matchups for the Crusaders (7-13, 1-6 SCAC) on Friday at 6 p.m. (MST). Dallas will play two games on Saturday versus Centenary College (10:30 a.m. MST) and Austin College (3 p.m. MST). Dallas went 0-3 against these opponents in the first divisional last month held in Sherman, Texas.

Dallas is coming off a 3-1 home win versus Randall University a week ago. The Crusaders have won two-of-three matches to start the month, after they dropped five straight in conference play. In the most recent contest, Diana Hassink (Tulsa, Okla.) became the fifth player in the program to achieve 1,500 digs after having 16 that night. The senior joined Sarah Hughes (Fair Oaks, Calif.) with a double-double in kills and digs. The duo each had 10 kills and Hughes made 19 digs. Skyler Doty (Mesquite, Texas) collected a personal-best 24 digs in her first start at libero.


UD NOTABLES

- Hassink remains atop the SCAC Leaderboard in digs-per-set with 5.42. That clip ranks fifth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). She has also totaled 385 for second in the SCAC.

- Mary Scholz (Fallon, Nev.) enters the weekend second in the conference in kills-per-set (3.17). The other senior on the squad paces the team with 168 kills.

- Samantha Garza (Richmond, Texas), Rylee Davis (Lampasas, Texas), and Hughes have picked up the offense the last couple games. Garza overall has 91 kills and boasted team-highs in the last two conference games two weekends ago. Davis reached double figures in two-of-three games (both victories). Hughes has combined for 32 kills in the last five.

- Stephanie Janysek (Sinton, Texas) and Elizabeth Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla.) each have made at least 200 assists. Janysek leads the team with 298 and Smith has earned 204.

- The Crusaders latest pair of wins this month improve them to 3-2 in four-set matches on the year.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Highlights from win over Randall University


BY THE NUMBERS

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OPPONENT NOTABLES

(Colorado College)

- The Tigers rank 2nd in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and remain unbeaten in SCAC play at 7-0. They are 19-1 overall, with their lone blemish a four-set loss at Colorado Christian University. Two of those three sets were 25-23 finals.

- CC is 7-0 at the Reid Arena.

- Lizzy Counts leads the league in assists-per-set (10.04) and has totaled 673.

- The team has outhit opponents .243 to .107 on the year and amassed 936 kills compared to allowing 699 by the opposition.

- Haley Harris headlines a quartet of players in triple-digits with 159. Aria Dudley (148), Jordan Mullen (137), and Glenna Yancey (113) are also in that group.


(Centenary College)

- The Ladies are 10-11 overall and 2-5 in conference play. They enter the weekend sixth in the standings.

- Centenary has won three of its last four, with all being 3-0 sweeps. Last Friday, the Ladies took two straight set sweeps over LeTourneau University and Jarvis Christian College in a Tri-Match.

- Desiree Frey leads the offense with 225 kills. She is second in digs with 213.

- Michaela Brantley and Hailey Lawson are neck-in-neck on the list for kills with 159 and 158.

- Lawson has served 46 aces and leads the conference with a 0.67-clip.

- Marissa Sandoval has a team-most 238 digs.


(Austin College)

- The 'Roos are 17-7 overall and 3-4 in the conference for fifth place.

- Austin fell to Whittier College to conclude a California trip last weekend. Overall, the team went 3-1, which included a 3-1 upset over No. 14 La Verne.

- Mayson Kennon paces the offense with 201 kills. Dani DeWitt follows with 159 and Rebekah Bowden has contributed 146. Altogether, six players have eclipsed 100 kills.

- Bowden leads the SCAC in 1.22 blocks-per-set, and has totaled 99.

- Katie Ingle has compiled 626 assists and rounds out the top three in digs (253). Tatiana Ferrari is the team leader in digs with 323.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Dallas hosts "Senior Night" for Scholz and Hassink on Oct. 17th in their final match of the Maher Center. Start time for the matchup with Dallas Christian College will be at 7 p.m.

After that, the Crusaders wrap up the conference regular season at Centenary College on Oct. 21st-22nd with their second cross-divisional of the fall.