On Tues., Sept. 27, the Pioneer volleyball team claimed a 3-2 victory over DBU after seven consecutive losses.
Several players left the court of Kitty Magee Arena with career-highs, and the match was instrumental in preparing players for upcoming games in the Lone Star Conference.
The Pioneers started off strong with wins of 25-21 and 25-19 in the first and second sets. The Patriots made a comeback in the third and fourth sets, resulting in losses of 25-18 and 25-22 for TWU. The Pioneers dominated the tie breaking fifth set with a 15-6 victory.
In reference to the DBU match, Interim Head Coach Jessica Beener said: “We’ve been on kind of a losing streak lately, and it definitely gave us that boost that we needed. I think that was all heart. The girls wanted…that win, so they just went out there and took care of business.”
First-year setter Katy Ranes led the team with a career-high of 55 assists. “[Ranes] was definitely a stand-out player for me on Tuesday,” said Beener. “She distributed the ball very well and kind of got us going on offense.”
Senior middle blocker and right side Anna McGee led the team with 15 kills and junior right side Briley Cole followed with a personal best of 14 kills. Other game leaders included sophomore defensive specialist Emma Petolick with 18 digs, first-year middle blocker Courtney Noel with seven blocks and senior middle blocker Sara Oxford with two aces.
While the impressive match did not count towards the LSC, it certainly counted towards the team’s overall development. Beener said: “I think we’re finally finding comradery and… that chemistry we’ve been looking for. I think we showed signs on Tuesday of how great we can be. We are preparing for other teams that we’re playing in our conference, but we’re also focusing on how we can get better as a team and the things that we can do well to disrupt other teams.”