|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex ( 8.8/5-1)||22||16||21||0|
|Huston-Tillotson (Texas) ( 17-2/5-1)||25||25||25||3|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Huston-Tillotson (Texas)|
|#17 Natalie Fazio - 13||Kills||#6 Tiara Thompson - 12|
|2 Players (#6,#13) - 4||Blocks||#17 Arianna Brooks - 6|
|#2 Elizabeth Olivarez - 14||Digs||#1 Briana Domino - 14|
|3 Players - 1||Aces||#1 Briana Domino - 3|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Huston-Tillotson (Texas)|
AUSTIN, TEXAS (Oct. 5, 2018) – For the first time ever, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) volleyball team dropped a match to Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) tonight, losing 3-0 in a Red River Athletic Conference matchup. The Saints drop to 8-8 overall and 5-1 in conference, while the Rams improve to 17-2 overall and 5-1 in conference.
Head Coach Jeremiah Tiffin said, "Hats off to HTU. They were better prepared and outworked us all three sets. It's an eye opener for us that nothing is given and everything must be earned. We have to regroup as we have another tough conference match tomorrow."
The Saints are 22-1 against the Rams. Tonight marked the first time the Saints have dropped a conference match in straight sets since 2014, and it's only the second conference loss since 2015.
Scoring overview against HTU
Set One – OLLU 22-HTU 25
Set Two – OLLU 16-HTU 25
Set Three – OLLU 21-HTU 25
Anissa Tamez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) had 26 assists, eight digs and four block assists for the Saints.
In the first set, the Rams dominated from the start as they took a 6-1 lead. The Saints were able to add two points off back-to-back kills from Bailei Hubbard (SO/Helotes, Texas) to take the match to 6-3. The Rams continued to lead through the 10th point when errors gave the Saints the opportunity to tie the game. The Saints' offense took control of the game as they pulled to a 16-13 lead. The Rams were able to tie the game at 16 and again at 18 before they pulled ahead to take the first set 25-22.
The Saints continued to struggle in the second set as the Rams directed the momentum. OLLU got to within one point at 10-9, but the Rams pushed through to close out the set with a nine-point advantage at 25-16.
The Saints, trying to avoid a sweep, showed some promise as they went ahead by four in the third set. But the teams tied six times before the Rams were able to take the lead at 19-18. They eventually completed the sweep with the 25-21 win.
On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 33 kills and 25 errors on 119 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .067. HTU tallied 35 kills and 17 errors on 105 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .171.
Natalie Fazio (JR/Plano, Texas) led the way for the Saints with 13 kills and five errors on 34 total attacks. HTU's Tiara Thompson had 12 kills.
OLLU marked 28 assists, 26 attributed to Anissa Tamez. HTU finished with 30 assists, 21 by Alysia Garcia.
OLLU's Elizabeth Olivarez (SO/Edinburg, Texas) recorded 14 digs, and Fazio had 12. As a team, they tallied 49 digs. HTU's Briana Domino added 14 digs, and the team finished with 54.
The Saints had 22 block assists, four from Tamez and four from Tijana Kruta (FR/Bar, Montenegro). HTU had 10 block assists and four solo blocks. The Rams were led by Arianna Brooks, who had four solo blocks and two block assists.
Serving it up
The Saints had seven service aces. HTU also had seven, three from Domino.
The Saints will travel to Hobbs, N.M., next for a RRAC matchup against the University of the Southwest on Oct. 6.