By Jim Surface
Our 25th-ranked Lady Pirates entered this weekend’s volleyball tournament boasting a 6-2 record and an honored position in the top 25 poll. They did nothing to prove that honorific undeserved this weekend sweeping through all three matches they played Thursday and Friday.
First up to face the vaunted Southwestern attack was Heidelberg, which came into the tournament with an 8-2 overall record. They would leave three sets later 8-3 thanks to strong front- court play by juniors Lauren Brown and Audra Gentry and a stout backcourt lead by Samantha Ligamfelter and Lisa Marie Cisneros. Southwestern dismantled Heidelberg 25-21 in the first set before surviving closer contests in sets two and three decided 30-28 and 29-27, respectively.
Friday, after 14th-ranked Austin College fell to McMurry University, the Lady Bucs took the court against Schreiner, who had earlier in the day defeated Huston-Tillotson in a five- set marathon match. Schreiner looked tired from its previous game. In its bout with Southwestern, as the Bucs won the first two sets with relative ease. Schreiner rallied back in the third set and handily defeated Southwestern 25-14, but in the fourth set, the Lady Bucs proved too strong for Schreiner. Audra Gentry, Danielle Bochat and Ali Zein-Eldin led the Pirates in kills with 11, 9 and 8, respectively.
Later that evening, Southwestern squared off against a University of Texas at Dallas fresh off a defeat at the hands of Heidelberg, a team Southwestern University had already manhandled. The first two sets of the match split, with each team winning rather convincingly. In the third set, our Lady Bucs managed to eek out a 25-23 win before going on to finish off their sweep of the tournament in the fourth set, 25-18.
Leading Southwestern University against the University of Texas at Dallas were Audra Gentry, Danielle Bochat and Lauren Brown. Each player tallied 17, 13 and 9 kills, respectively.
All in all, it was a good weekend for Southwestern volleyball, who was able to pull out three victories – despite the obvious distraction of Hurricane Ike looming in the background.