With two Heartland Conference matches left to play, the Dallas Baptist Lady Patriot Volleyball Team finds itself in a three-way tie for third. If their recent play is an indicator of things to come, that is a good place heading into the final week of the regular season.
A non-conference win against Cameron University (26-24, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23) Saturday afternoon at The Burg Center was the Lady Patriots third straight win, their fifth win in their last six tries, and their eighth win in their last ten matches. It has been a combination of relentless offense and stifling defense for the Lady Patriots – but mostly, it has been focus and intensity that has led to their recent run of wins.
“There has been a difference since the beginning of the season,” said Head Coach Cathy Ray Kokel. “Early, we were trying to get a feel for who we were, then we had to battle through some injuries, and now everyone is healthy and the girls have been playing with intensity and enthusiasm and it has been really fun to be a part of.”
Saturday, the Lady Patriots saw four players record double-digit kills, led by Kristin Secord with 14. Claire Stephensand Krystal Wunderlich each tallied 12 while Christina Steinkruger picked up 10. Most of the assists on those kills came from Tyler Bradsher as she logged 48 helpers on the day. Both Steinkruger and Cameron Hartson reached the 20-dig plateau with 21 and 22, respectively.
The Lady Patriots have three games left in the regular season, all on the road. They travel to Edmond, Oklahoma for a match with Central Oklahoma on Tuesday before their final two conference games in Laredo and San Antonio Thursday and Saturday. The conference tournament will be held at the home arena of the 1st place team beginning Friday, November 11.