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Volleyball Gears Up for Three-Match Week

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SAN ANTONIO - The University of the Incarnate Word women's volleyball teams gets ready for a three-match week against the Southland Conference's top ranked teams. UIW plays at home Tuesday (Nov. 1) against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) before heading to the road Thursday (Nov. 3) night at Houston Christian University (HCU). In a special match this coming Saturday, (Nov. 5) UIW volleyball will recognize it's seniors for Senior Day against McNeese.
Tue Nov 1, 2022
SAN ANTONIO - The University of the Incarnate Word women's volleyball teams gets ready for a three-match week against the Southland Conference's top ranked teams. UIW plays at home Tuesday (Nov. 1) against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) before heading to the road Thursday (Nov. 3) night at Houston Christian University (HCU). In a special match this coming Saturday, (Nov. 5) UIW volleyball will recognize it's seniors for Senior Day against McNeese.

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THE LAST TIME THEY MET

TAMUCC (0-3)
The Cardinals and Islanders met about a month ago as TAMUCC got the better of UIW in Corpus Christi.

In the three-set match, TAMUCC started each set with early leads to give themselves an advantage over the Cardinals. Though it worked in those moments, the Cardinals have improved since this first matchup. In the last few matches, UIW found itself on the other end of early leads, learning to come back, find their groove, and take the match.

In the last match the Cardinals only completed 29 kills with Annamarie Alvarez, Jacqueline Arrington, and Risa Sena all tallying up seven each. Taylor Stoops accounted for all 25 assists while also recording an ace.

UIW will need to be ready on the backline as Kyndal Payne completed 15 kills for the Islanders. Hitters such as Ella Litterell and Leah Stolfus combined for 16 kills in the Islanders win, while the team completed a total of seven aces.

HCU (3-1)
In the thrilling four-set match, the No. 9 UIW Cardinals upset the No. 1 Huskies to take down the Southland Conference leader.

The Cardinals found their groove early as they stretched out to a 7-4 lead after a couple of kills from Sena and Malone. From there, UIW held the lead for the entire set. The closest the Huskies came was when the Cardinals reached match point, but an attack error on HBU solidified the first set, 25-20.

In the second set, UIW extended its dominating run. The Huskies led 2-1 early in the set, but Sena answered back with a striking kill to tie it up 2-2. When it was down to the end, back-to-back-to-back points by the Cardinals were earned after a perfect kill by Sena from Stoops and an ace by Malone. Soon after, a kill by Kade Thomas brought UIW within match point as the score hit 24-17. As HCU tried to stay in the game, Jacqueline Arrington and Sena rose up to block Gadway and cement the win for the Cardinals.

The top-ranked HCU was not backing down. In the third, they won 23-25 to extend the match to four sets.

As UIW was down 5-4, the Huskies suffered five errors to give the Cardinals the lead 8-5. In this sequence, Thomas recorded back-to-back blocks for UIW. The Cardinals held the lead until HCU caught up to tie the score at 24. Malone spiked one down for UIW to give them the one-point edge, but the Huskies scored next. HCU served it into the net to give the Cardinals the advantage yet again and for the best block of the season, Alvarez and Thomas defended the net as UIW won the set 27-25.

Malone, Alvarez, and Sena accounted for 45 of UIW's 52 kills. Stoops recorded four aces and 45 assists. Thomas scored a career-high seven blocks while also recording a few kills herself.
Houston Christian still sits in the number one spot for the Southland Conference standings. Offensively, UIW will have to look out for Anna Gadway, SLC's offensive player of the week, and Shelby O'Neal. Grace McLaughlin, setter, is also a big part of why the Huskies are so consistent and will have to watch her sneak attacks.

McNeese (1-3)
It's been less than a month since these two met and McNeese walked away with the win.

The Cowgirls started off hot to win the first (23-25) and second (19-25) set, but UIW shifted the momentum in the third.

The Cardinals started out with a 3-0 run capped off by a kill from Alvarez. As McNeese held the lead for the whole set, UIW began to stretch the lead (11-6) as Palmi and Natalie Kimmel connected for an attack on the Cowgirls. When the score hit 12-6, Patton set up Sena on the right side to slam a ball down on McNeese side. That kill started a 15-6 run for the Cardinals. Two more back-to-back kills by Sena sent UIW into the twenties and two kills by Kimmel and Sena secured the win 25-15.

In the fourth, the Cowgirls caught their momentum back. UIW didn't give up without a fight as they pushed the set to extra points but ultimately suffered the loss 24-26.
Sena collected 14 kills and 13 digs for the Cardinals. Alvarez (11) and Palmi (10) followed closely behind. Thomas came up big with seven blocks, while Patton and Palmi accounted for 34 of UIW's 69 kills.
 

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