|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex ( 23-6, 13-1)||25||25||25||0||0||3|
|Texas College (0-14, 1-17)||9||12||5||0||0||0|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Texas College|
|2 Players (#20,#23) - 6||Kills||2 Players (#1,#25) - 2|
|#23 Mariza Cardenas - 1||Blocks||#8 Linet Juma - 5|
|#5 Brittany Martinez - 14||Digs||#9 Destiny Hubbard - 22|
|#8 Audrey Contreras - 5||Aces||None|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Texas College|
TYLER, TEXAS (Nov. 5, 2016) – Kendall Groff (SR/Helotes, Texas) became the first volleyball player in Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) history to record more than 1,000 career kills, and the Saints defeated Texas College in three sets (25-9, 25-12, 25-5) to finish the regular season.
The Saints' defense held Texas College to a negative hitting percentage and only six kills, nearly doubling their opponent in digs, 43-25. Offensively, they recorded 11 aces, including five from Audrey Contreras (SR/McAllen, Texas), bringing her season total up to 51, breaking the Saints' single-season record of 46, set by Desirea Aguilar in 2012.
On Friday night against Jarvis Christian College, Alexia Bustamante (SR/Helotes, Texas) set the Saints' record for career aces at 97. The previous record was 96, also held by Aguilar. Against Texas College, Bustamante added two more aces, bringing her career total to 99.
The win gives the Saints a final Red River Athletic Conference record of 13-1, and they enter the postseason with a 23-6 overall record. Texas College ends their season with a 1-17 record and 0-14 in conference.
"I thought we served really well, and that showed in the number of aces that we had. That kept Texas College on their heels the entire match," Head Coach Jeremiah Tiffin said. "It was a good all-around team effort. We've been preaching all year that low errors win games, and for us to only make eight hitting errors in three sets was really good.
"For Kendall to cross the 1,000 kill barrier, it's an accomplishment that shows how hard she's worked—not just here, but before she got here—to be able to be ready to contribute all four seasons she was here. So, we're really proud of her. We're also proud of Alexia for setting the all-time aces record this weekend, and for Audrey setting the single-season record."
Chronicling the win
The Saints' hitting percentage never dipped below .333 in any of the three sets, and Texas College failed to record a positive hitting percentage in any set.
In the first set, the Saints recorded 12 kills on 23 attacks with three errors, and held Texas College to one kills on 11 attacks with three errors. The Saints recorded 14 kills on 30 attacks with four errors in the second set to Texas College's four kills on 30 attacks with four errors. In the third and final set, the Saints had five kills on 12 attacks with only one error. Texas College finished the third set with one kill on 24 attacks with six errors.
Leilani Smith (SR/Hilo, Hawaii) and Mariza Cardenas (SO/Brownsville, Texas) led the Saints with six kills each. Contreras' five kills were a team-high. Brittany Martinez (SR/El Paso, Texas) had a team-high 14 digs.
The Saints host the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Tournament on Nov. 11-12. As the top seed, the Saints will play the winner between No. 5-seed Huston-Tillotson University and No. 4-seed University of St. Thomas on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public.