|Our Lady of the Lake (12-3, 6-0)||26||18||25||23||15||3|
|Huston-Tillotson (6-4, 4-2)||24||25||23||25||10||2|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Indv. Leaders||Huston-Tillotson|
|#14 Camila Ramirez - 19||Kills||#8 Mckenzie Dimery - 14|
|#9 Sadie Ballesteros - 4||Blocks||#1 Victoria Ratcliff - 3|
|#4 Tina Trevino - 26||Digs||#3 Danelle McCullough - 22|
|#25 Madelynn Strzelczyk - 3||Aces||#3 Danelle McCullough - 3|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Team Statistics||Huston-Tillotson|
AUSTIN, TEXAS (Oct. 8, 2021) – Despite less than ideal circumstances, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) volleyball team battled to defeat Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) 3-2 in a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) match. The Saints won 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 15-10 to move to 12-3 overall and 6-0 in the conference, while the Rams drop to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
Head Coach Scott Mattera commented, "I'm extremely frustrated that our team had to overcome so many obstacles put in front of them, but in the end, having to battle and stick together in that environment when we had every excuse to give in is probably more beneficial to our growth as a team than anything else. I'm so proud of our women for keeping their cool and stepping up to make plays when it mattered most against a quality opponent who was on fire at times!
"Among many other things, the host school did not provide stats at the game, so it's hard to highlight any individuals, but maybe that's apropos for tonight as it really was all about the team, the team, the team. It will be nice to have the rest of the weekend off; they've earned it. We are in a good position record-wise, but we are looking forward to getting back in the gym to work out some things that got exposed tonight."
The Saints are 25-3 against the Rams. HTU took last year off due to COVID-19 restrictions, so the last time the two teams met was in 2019 when the Saints lost 2-3.
The first set was a sign of what was to be the theme of the match - a constant battle between two powerful and relentless teams. The set featured three ties with neither team taking more than a three-point lead. It was one away from set point at 23-21 when a kill from Camila Ramirez and an ace from Madelynn Strzelczyk tied the score at 24. Ramirez and Daisy Cantwell followed with back-to-back kills to win the set at 26-24.
The Saints set stats included 15 kills and seven errors on 46 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .174. The Rams had 11 kills and six errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .128.
The teams battled in the second set but the Rams had the advantage as they went up 15-9. The Saints were not able to get the momentum through the period as the Rams won 25-18.
The Saints set stats included 12 kills and seven errors on 41 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .122. The Rams had 12 kills and three errors on 34 attacks for a hitting percentage of .265.
The Saints came back strong in the third set as Ramirez started a rally that pushed them ahead 8-4. The Rams threatened several times but only got as close as two points through most of the set. With the score at 22-18, several Saints' errors tied the score at 22, but Cantwell and Sadie Ballesteros pressed the team to win 25-23.
The Saints set stats included 15 kills and eight errors on 49 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .143. The Rams had 10 kills and eight errors for a total of 43 attacks for a hitting percentage of .047.
The fourth set looked like it was going to be a quick one as the Saints took a 5-1 lead. They continued to lead through a 14, 15, 19 and 21 tie. With the set at 22-24 in favor of HTU, Ramirez's kill was next, but the last point went to HTU after a kill from Mckenzie Dimery.
The Saints set stats included 15 kills and eight errors on 46 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .152. The Rams had 11 kills and five errors for a total of 37 attacks for a hitting percentage of .162.
With the match tied at two, both teams were ready to battle in the fifth set. Three kills from Cassidy Haller gave the Saints the advantage as they took the 6-5 lead. Megan Montalvo served to four points to push the Saints to an 11-6 lead. OLLU and HTU traded back-to-back service errors, but Ramirez's kill and an ace from Ashleigh Ramirez ended the set 15-10 and gave the Saints the 3-2 win.
The Saints set stats included nine kills and three errors on 21 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .286. The Rams had four kills and three errors for a total of 18 attacks for a hitting percentage of .056.
Scoring overview against HTU
Set One – OLLU 26 – HTU 24
Set Two – OLLU 18 – HTU 25
Set Three – OLLU 25 – HTU 23
Set Four – OLLU 23 – HTU 25
Set Five – OLLU 15 – HTU 10
On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 66 kills for a hitting percentage of .163. HTU totaled 48 kills for a hitting percentage of .135.
Ramirez led the Saints with 19 kills, followed by Cantwell with 14. HTU's Mckenzie Dimery led her team with 14 kills.
Strzelczyk assisted on 59 plays for the Saints while Mya Aguirre led her team with 33.
OLLU had a total of 91 digs, led by Tina Trevino with 26. Danielle McCullough led the Rams with 22 digs.
Ballesteros had four total blocks and Ramirez had three blocks for the Saints.
Serving it up
Strzelczyk had three service for the Saints. HTU's McCullough had three aces for her team.
The Saints will travel to Marshall, Texas, next for a conference match on Friday, Oct. 15, against Wiley College.