(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran volleyball team swept the University of Dallas and Centenary in three sets apiece on Saturday, fell to No. 2 Colorado College in four on Sunday, and bounced back to sweep Austin College in Sunday’s second match at the SCAC Cross Divisional Tournament, hosted by TLU at the Tostengard Center this past weekend.
In their first match against Centenary, the Bulldogs earned 49 kills to Centenary's 17. TLU took the match in three, defeating the Ladies 25-14, 25-19, 25-12.
The Bulldogs were lead in kills by Bryten Mitchan and Hannah Mikelonis with 13, respectively. TLU had a .323 hitting percentage collectively.
Mitchan had the only solo block for TLU, and Makenzie Griffin and Cailey Young contributed three block assists.
Kionasina Nu'u led in assists racking up 25. Nu'u also registered nine digs and two serving aces for the match. Kelly Jurden recorded 16 sets, seven digs and ace.
The Bulldogs kept the momentum going in their late-afternoon match with their 25-17, 25-19, and 27-25 sweep of the Crusaders.
Mikelonis was the star of the game against the the Crusaders. She finished with 15 kills and an overall hitting percentage of .237.
Libero Jaci Chambers picked up 37 digs total (16 v CC, 21 v UD) for the Bulldogs.
Chambers averaged 4.69 digs per set over the course of the weekend, and shared SCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors with Trinity’s Kirby Smith as a result.
TLU lost Sunday’s first match to #2 Colorado College in four sets, taking game 2, ending with an overall count of 25-22, 23-25, 25-8, 25-18. Makenzie Griffin accounted for 14 kills, while Bryten Mitchan tallied 13 for the Bulldogs. Kelsi Menn and Kelsey Hamrick registered the only solo blocks for the team.
In the late match, the Bulldogs defeated Austin College 25-13, 25-19, 25-12 as Mitchan and Hannah Mikelonis led TLU in kills with 13, respectively. TLU setters, Kionasina Nu'u and Kelly Jurden played a great game. Both tallying 17 assists and two serving aces, respectively.
Mathis Popelsky played strong defense leading the Bulldogs with 18 digs. Jaci Chambers added 13 digs and one serving ace during the three-set sweep over the Roos.
The Bulldogs (4-3 SCAC) were schedule to host Concordia Texas in a non-conference match on Tuesday, but no final was available at press time.