Patriot’s Volleyball Defeats Colorado State-Pueblo in Five Sets

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The Dallas Baptist Volleyball Team finished the West Texas A&M Invite with a win in five sets over the Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves. Tadam Mergener had a match high 20 kills,Kaycie Bird had a match high 27 assists, and Lauren Nicks registered a match high 17 digs.


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In the early goings of the first set between the two teams neither would give each other much room to breath as both exchanged leads and tied a total of nine times. With the Lady Patriots up, 12-11, the ThunderWolves would respond by scoring four straight points to take a, 15-12 lead.  As the set continued, multiple point streaks would keep CSU-P ahead as they increased their lead by five points going up 22-17. Late in the set, Dallas Baptist would pull within two points after a three point run to trail Colorado State-Pueblo, 22-20. DBU would fall in the first set, 25-20 after the ThunderWolves scored the final points of the match going up 1-0.

In the second set, the Lady Patriots would fall behind early as Colorado State-Pueblo would create an 8-3 advantage, but DBU would soon make up the lost point as they would score seven of the next nine points to tie the set 10-10. With the score tied at 15-15 mid set back to back points would give DBU enough cushion to pull away from the ThunderWolves. With the score now 17-15, kills by Tadam Mergener and Sidnee Jo Fitzpatrick would help extend the Lady Patriot’s lead as they scored four of the next five points, to go up 21-16. CSU-P would engineer a rally of their own late, but it would not be enough as Dallas Baptist would close out the second set, 25-21, to tie up the match 1-1.

Dallas Baptist would open the third set going up, 3-0. The lead would be short lived as the ThunderWolves would engineer a drive which included a streak of six points to go a head 9-7. The Lady Patriots would respond with a run of their own scoring four straight points behind Mergener kills to go up 11-9. Colorado State-Pueblo would claw back to regain the lead 14-13, but the lead wasn’t safe as DBU would have another scoring outburst, this time five points going up, 18-14. Despite the offensive rallies by the Lady Patriots, the ThunderWolves would create points of their own to close the gap and tie up the set 24-24. As the set went into extra points, CSU-P would continue their momentum and take the third set 27-25, going up 2-1 in the match.

Up 6-3 in the fourth set, the Lady Patriots would watch the ThunderWolves take the lead as they put together two big scoring streaks totaling eight points going up 11-7. DBU would not let that shake them as steady scoring and stout defense would allow them to regain the lead and prevail in the fourth set, 25-25, tying the match 2-2.

In the fifth and final set, Dallas Baptist would take advantage of early attack errors by Colorado State-Pueblo to go up, 4-0. DBU would continue to take advantage of CSU-P missteps and make them pay for it as they prevailed in the fifth and final set 15-4, winning the match 3-2.

“We battled hard, and that has been our focus all season. They have been working hard as a team since they first reported for camp and it paid off this weekend.” – Coach Cathy Kokel

54 Number of kills registered by both teams.
50 Number of assists registered by both teams.
34 Number of attack errors registered by CSU-P.
13 Number of blocks registered by both teams