Lady Ram’s volleyball getting closer to the right combination.
Monday Sep, 02 2013
Belton, TX — The Lady Rams volleyball team adjusted their starting lineup and fell short in both matches at the UMHB tournament on Saturday losing to a second pair of NCAA III teams beginning with Hardin Simmons University (HSU) 14-25, 22-25, 12-25 and the University of Texas-Dallas (UTD) 16-25, 20-25, 11-25.
In the first match against HSU, freshman setter A’Kia Mumphrey (Longview/Longview HS) continued to direct the Lady Rams offense with 14 assists. Senior outside hitter Audrey Bartee (Fort Hood/Shoemaker HS) led the Lady Rams with 10 of the team total 24 kills. On the defensive side, junior libero Amber Green (San Antonio/Roosevelt HS) had 17 digs with support from freshman D’Janae Robinson (San Antonio/Northwest Vista College) with 11 digs.
In the second match against UTD, the Lady Rams started strong against a taller team with Mumphrey producing 7 assists and 9 digs and Robinson had 7 kills and 7 digs. Green again supported the defense with 10 digs giving her double digit digs in 3 of her first 4 matches.
Final statistics for the tournament has Mumphrey with 45 assists averaging 3.75 per set and 21 digs. Robinson led the Lady Rams with 20 kills with support from Octavia Golden (Dallas/Trinity Valley College) with 18 kills and Bartee with 16 kills. Green had 45 digs with Robinson’s 32 digs and Mumphrey’s 21 digs to help solidify the defense. Senior outside hitter Nicole Cowan (Yoakum/UMHB) had 3 service aces while freshman middle hitter Kayla Garrett (Beaumont/Central Magnet HS) had 2 solo blocks and 3 assist blocks.
Co-Captain Green assesses the first tournament: “As we slowly begin the 2013 volleyball season I see and feel full potential in this year’s team. I say that because we have very few returners this year, but it doesn’t hold us back but only encourages us to build this new team THAT much harder. That being said, be prepared to see some competition!”
Next Opponents: The Lady Rams will travel to Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s (OPSU) tournament on September 6-7 opening against RRAC conference school the University of the Southwest, Southwestern Christian University, and finishing up pool play against OPSU. The top two teams will compete in the championship match at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 7.