(Shreveport, La.) - Texas Lutheran Volleyball grabbed a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference wins Saturday afternoon over University of Dallas and Austin College at the Cross Divisional in Shreveport, La., followed with a 3-0 loss to No. Colorado College in Sunday’s first match, and capped the 3-1 weekend with a five-set win over tournament host Centenary.
The Bulldogs are 16-12 on the year, and take the No. 4 seed into next weekend’s SCAC Tournament with an 8-6 mark in conference play.
TLU sophomore libero Jaci Chambers averaged 6.4 digs per set course of the four matches to earn SCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
In Saturday’s early contest against Dallas, the Bulldogs cruised to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-15 win. Hitting an impressive .323, sophomore Makenzie Griffin led the attack with 15 kills and only five errors. Bryten Mitchan added 10 kills.
As a team, TLU picked up 69 digs with sophomore libero Jaci Chambers registering 30. Chambers and senior Mathis Popelsky tallied two serving aces, respectively.
Freshmen setters Kelly Jurden and Kionasina Nu'u posted 22 and 15 assists, respectively, for the match.
In the later match against the 'Roos, the Bulldogs cranked things up hitting an average .206 in the four set victory. AC took the first set, but TLU came back to win in four 19-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.
In set one, AC registered a blistering .409 hitting percentage. TLU rallied and held the 'Roos to .028, .044, and .000 in the remaining three sets.
Griffin and Hannah Mikelonis led the Bulldogs in kills with 18 and 12, respectively. Mitchan contributed 10 kills to go with two solo blocks and two block assists.
Chambers picked up 23 digs and a serving ace while Popelsky tallied 17 digs to go with an impressive three aces. Remy Corbin, Nu'u, and Jurden each contributed aces during the match, helping the Bulldogs collect eight total as team.
In Sunday’s first match, the Bulldogs fell in three 25-14, 25-18, 25-22 to No. 2 Colorado College.
TLU hit a .133 in that one, while the Tigers hit . 316. Individually, Hannah Mikelonis led the squad in kills with 10, hitting an impressive .333.
Jaci Chambers covered the back court, recording 19 digs and two serving aces for the Bulldogs. Kelly Jurden served the only other ace for the match to go with 14 assists and eight digs.
The weekend was concluded with a thrilling five set 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 24-26, 15-9 victory over Centenary College.
Centenary took set one out hitting a .280 to TLU's .196. The Bulldogs rallied back and won the next two. It looked like TLU was on the verge of of winning in the fourth set, but Centenary battled back and took the match, winning by two points.
TLU came out strong in the final frame, hitting a .310 to the Ladies .130 and maintaining the lead throughout the set.
Savannah Kruse and Makenzie Griffin tallied 15 kills apiece. Kruse registered a solo block along with 3 block assists.
Cailey Young contributed 11 kills, two serving aces, and a solo block. Bryten Mitchan added 10 kills, a solo block, and a block assist.
Kionasina Nu'u racked up 32 assists and was second in digs with 23. Chambers led, once again, in digs with 24.
The Bulldogs head to the non-conference Tiger Invitational Tournament this weekend in San Antonio, Texas to face University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, University of Texas at Dallas, and Concordia.