Dixie State University women’s volleyball team had a break down against California Baptist University and Azusa Pacific University this weekend.
The Lancers took over the game in four sets starting the first one at 12-5, opening the frame at 25-18. The Trailblazers did not stay behind and got a 25-22 win, stabilizing the match at 1-1. CBU did not let the Trailblazers keep going as the Lancers ended the match in four sets 25-14 and four 25-12.
Senior outside hitter Delayne Daniel scoped 17 kills for the match and a total of 312 kills for the season, followed by Junior middle blocker Malary Marshall who added 6 kills for the match. DSU ended the match with a total of 43 kills.
“We had moments of greatness where we played really well, but we couldn’t string it together long enough to outlast the opposite team.” said right side hitter Megan Huddleston, a senior psychology major from Provo. “They played well, but we definitely had our opportunity to take the games and just didn’t shoot. Looking forward we only have two games left this season. We have decided to stay positive and enjoy these last games and try to play our hardest.”
The Trailblazers missed the boat one more time against APU Saturday as they closed played their final road games of the season.
DSU started off with a 25-16 win, getting a 1-0 lead into the match and kept going into the second set tying the game at 24, but the Cougars closed the set at 26-24.
The Cougars got the win 25-16 in the third set and ended at 19-16 due to some of the Trailblazer’s errors in the match. DSU stepped up, however, getting a 25-22 win, which evened the match at 2-2. APU hinted the last set with a 15-11 victory.
“We had high and lows for sure, but we did not terminate the ball at the end of the game and that made the difference,” said libero Jaclyn Codie, a junior exercise science major from Cottonwood Heights. “We had so much momentum at times, but then at other times we looked defeated, so we just need to work on staying consistent during the entire match.”
Daniel got the most kills in the match with 14 kills and 20 digs followed by sophomore outside hitter Taylor Duryea with 11 kills and nine digs, DSU closed up the match with a total of 43 digs, 14 blocks and 83 digs.
“It was a rough weekend of play for us. While we played hard at times, we were not able to execute our game plan like we wanted to,” head coach Robyn Felder said. “We put ourselves in a position to win both nights, but we made too many unforced errors to be able to finish either of these teams off. We have two games to go, and we are looking to finish strong at home”
The Trailblazers will end the 2016 regular season with two home matches starting against BYU-Hawaii on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.