DBU Falls in Season Opener to #22 West Texas A&M

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THE LEAD
The Dallas Baptist Volleyball Team opened the 2015 season with a 3-0 loss from the #22 ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffs. Brooke Manley and Carly Hess led DBU with 10 kills each, while Kaycie Birdhad 20 assists. Freshman Lauren Nicks had a match high 18 digs.

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To start the first set, DBU would open up with a 3-0 advantage against WTAMU, extending the lead to 4-1. The Lady Buffs would soon close the gap as they responded by scoring nine straight points to take control of the set, by a score of 10-4. As the set continued, WTAMU extended their lead to seven and led the Lady Patriots by score of 18-11. Down 24-18, DBU would go on to score four straight points to close the Lady Buff’s lead to 24-22, but WTAMU would close out and win the first set, 25-22.

The second set saw both teams give each other very little breathing room as they traded points late into the set. Separation would come as DBU took advantage of a kill and WTAMU error to go up by two, taking the lead, 13-11. The Lady Buffs responded by scoring four straight points to retake the lead at, 15-13. With the set tied once again this time at 17-17, the Lady Patriots would build a three-point cushion only to have West Texas A&M oblige with a three-point streak as well to tie the set, 20-20. With the set tied 23-23, WTAMU would register two kills, winning the tight-knit set 25-23 and taking a 2-0 lead.

The third set would mirror the second, as a very tightly contested bout between the Lady Patriots and the Lady Buffs. With the score tied 20-20, West Texas A&M scored five of the last six point to win the third set 25-21 and cap off a three-set sweep of DBU.

COACH’S QUOTE
“I am so proud of these girls. They played hard and did well. We played them well and disciplined and that is what our focus is when we step on the court. Lauren Nicks led the match as a freshman on defense. That is nice to see.” – CoachCathy Kokel

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
.108 Hitting percentage registered by DBU.
23    Number of attack errors registered by WTAMU to DBU’s 21
8      Number of blocks registered by both teams.
     Number of service errors registered by WTAMU to DBU’s 4