Volleyball defeats Dallas Baptist 3-1 in home opener – LINK
COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team defeated Dallas Baptist three sets to one on Tuesday night. The set scores were 25-21, 25-14, 22-25 and 27-25. In front of a boisterous crowd, the Lions rallied to take the final set in extra points.
The win brings the Lions to 4-5 on the season. Dallas Baptist falls to 4-4 on the year.
The Lions open up their conference schedule with a matchup against No. 5 Angelo State on Friday. The match will begin at 6 p.m. at the Field House. The Lions will then host No. 14 Tarleton State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Jaslyn Wacker co-led the Lions with 15 kills. She hit .440 in the match and had a kill percentage of .600. She also had two blocks.
- Jaryn Wacker also co-led the Lions with 15 kills. She had 11 kills in the first two sets.
- Layne Little had 14 kills and finished second on the team with 23 digs. Shelley Chapron had 13 kills, including eight in the first two sets with a .727 hitting percentage. Chapron also led the team with seven blocks.
- Gabriela Rosa led the team in both assists (33) and digs (24). She also had two kills and an ace.
- Rylie Fuentes had 26 assists and 10 digs. Savannah Rutledge had 18 digs and two aces.
- Mariyah Oliver had six kills while Sydney Reyes had three. Payton McMillan, Preston Lienemann and Lacie Jessup also each had a kill.
- After a total of one tie score in the first two sets, the final two sets had 20 ties and nine lead changes. There were seven ties in the final set.
- The Lions had 71 kills in the match while DBU had 41.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started the set strong, scoring eight of the first nine points. Rutledge had two consecutive service aces as part of the rally. DBU scored four points in a row to cut into the Lion lead. The Patriots cut the Lion lead to just 12-10 midway through the set.
The set was a nail-biter from that point until the very end. Jaryn Wacker had two kills in a row late in the set to give the Lions a three-point lead. However, the Patriots cut the Lion lead back down to just one at 21-20. The Lions finished the set well, taking four of the final five points to win the first set 25-21. Little had the final two kills of the set and finished the first set with five kills. Jaryn Wacker and Chapron each had four kills.
The Lions got off to a good start again in the second set. Chapron had back-to-back kills as part of a 10-1 rally for A&M-Commerce to start the set. Jaryn Wacker and Little both also had two kills in the rally.
The Lion lead hovered between seven and 10 for the rest of the set. Chapron and Little continued to hit well for the Lions. Chapron hit .727 with no errors through the first two sets. She had four kills in the second set. Jaryn Wacker had seven kills in the set to lead the Lions. The Lions took set two 25-14.
Attack errors hurt the Lions early in the third set as DBU took an early 5-3 lead. The Lions answered back to tie the set at 6-all. The teams continued to trade points throughout the remainder of the set. Jaslyn Wacker had three kills in the middle of the set to give the Lions their biggest lead of the set, 17-14.
However, DBU answered back with three consecutive points to tie the set. After trading the next six points, DBU took the next three points to take a 23-20 lead. The Lions could not recover and lost the third set 25-22. Jaslyn Wacker had six kills in the third set for the Lions.
Oliver and Chapron both had two early kills for the Lions to start the fourth set as A&M-Commerce got off to a 5-0 lead. The Lions built their lead to six early in the set. Midway through the set, DBU went on a 7-1 run to tie the set at 13. The teams started to trade points, with the set remaining tight until the end.
The Lions went on a three-point rally to take a 20-17 lead, which included an ace from Fuentes. The Patriots bounced back with a three-point rally of their own to tie the set at 23. The teams traded points twice, forcing the set into extra points. The crowd roared as the teams continued to trade points. Chapron and Oliver had late kills to rally the Lions to win the fourth set 27-25.
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