PREVIEW: Volleyball at Millsaps/Belhaven Tournament (9/7-9/8)

Crusaders travel to Jackson, Mississippi, for Millsaps/Belhaven Tournament.
Crusaders travel to Jackson, Mississippi, for Millsaps/Belhaven Tournament.

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FIRST SERVE

The University of Dallas volleyball team is back on the road this Friday (9/7) and Saturday (9/8) at the Millsaps/Belhaven Tournament in Jackson, Mississippi. There will be two matches each day that features: Loyola University (La.) (5 p.m.), Dillard University (7 p.m.), Belhaven University (11 a.m.), and LaGrange College (1 p.m.).

The Crusaders are coming off a 1-2 start to the season at the Austin College Classic last weekend while earning their first victory of the season against Concordia University.


UD NOTES

Dayjah Whyte (Round Rock, Texas) leads the Crusaders in kills (23) followed closely by Abigail Porras (El Paso, Texas) with 20. UD had a trio of players with double digit kills in the win on Saturday. Whyte added five of the team's blocks in the win against Concordia. The team is averaging 1.1 blocks-per-set. Stephanie Janysek (Sinton, Texas) has the team lead with 46 assists early in the 2018 season. Sarah Hughes (Fair Oaks, Calif.) is the team leader in digs (43). Dallas continues to use three setters that will all have valuable playing time. Janysek, Elizabeth Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Samantha Garza (Richmond, Texas) will be key to watch in that setter role this weekend. Several freshmen will continue to find playing time on the court again, as all 11 made their debuts in the season-opening tournament.

UD 2018 Season Stats


A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS

(Loyola University)

-The Wolf Pack (4-4) are a member of Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and the NAIA.

-Jesse Zabal is entering her second season as head coach for Loyola.

-Jordan Bernard leads the Wolf Pack (79) followed by Malea Howie (70).

-Sunni Blanchard is the team's leader in assists (98).

-Loyola leads the all-time series 1-0 against Dallas.

Wolf Pack 2018 Season Stats

(Dillard University)

-The Lady Bleu Devils (4-5) are a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and the NAIA.

-Nancy Sikobe is entering her third season as head coach at Dillard.

-Aryerl Odomes leads the team with 83 kills.

-Alexis Barnett is the team's leader in digs (125)

-Dillard leads the all-time series 1-0 against Dallas.

Lady Bleu Devils 2018 Season Stats

(Belhaven University)

-The Blazers (4-0) are a member of the American Southwest Conference (ASC) and the NCAA Division III.

-Justin Dee is in his fifth season as head coach of Belhaven.

-Jackie Fredericks leads the Blazers with 34 kills.

-Sydney McEachern is the team leader in digs (49).

Dallas leads the all-time series 4-2 versus Belhaven.

Blazers 2018 Season Stats

(LaGrange College)

-The Panthers (1-1) are a member of the USA South Athletic Conference and the NCAA Division III.

-Madison Machurek is entering her second season as head coach at LaGrange.

-Samantha James leads the team with 16 kills.

-Courtney Swafford is the team leader in digs (30).

-The Crusaders lead the all-time series 2-1 against LaGrange.

Panthers 2018 Season Stats

UP NEXT

Dallas will be back home for their home opener at the UD Invitational Friday (Sept. 14) and Saturday (Sept. 15). The Crusaders will play Mississippi University for Women (6 p.m.) on Friday and Randall University (12:00 p.m.) on Saturday.