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Volleyball Closes Out Gritty Week with Senior Day Celebration


Mon Nov 7, 2022

SAN ANTONIO - The University of the Incarnate Word women's volleyball team closed out last week celebrating seniors Taylor Stoops and Nailah Landon at home. The Cardinals have now finished out their home court advantage matches as they hit the road next week for the last week of conference play.

UIW vs TAMUCC (0-3)

The Islanders came to the McDermott Center with just a slight edge over the Cardinals. In a match that went to three sets, TAMUCC came out on top.

After starting down 8-11, Annamarie Alvarez slammed a kill down the middle to give UIW a boost of energy. The Cardinals then went on to score two more unanswered points as Kade Thomas contributed an ace and UIW benefited from an Islander error. After cutting the lead to one, TAMUCC called a timeout to regroup. The Islanders went on a small run, but before getting too hot, Kyla Malone stepped up to deliver a punch deep into TAMUCC territory to make the game 11-13. Unfortunately, that was the closest the Cardinals got as the Islanders took the set 16-24.

In the second, TAMUCC capitalized on its momentum to take the set 25-12.

The Cardinals were not letting the Islanders get away without a fight. In the third, UIW looked like a whole different team. As they were down 11-15, the Islanders suffered an attack error, giving the Cardinals the energy they needed. Malone served an ace and another attack error on TAMUCC made the game 14-15. A perfect set from Stoops gave Alvarez the height she needed to smack down a kill and tie the game at 15. From then on, points were rotated between the two teams as the Cardinals answered at every ring the Islanders made. Dominating kills came from various players to keep UIW in the game. As TAMUCC hit match point, Risa Sena killed a ball to tie the game at 24. An Islander player had the hot hand and secured the last two points to win the set 26-24.

Sena led the attack for the Cardinals, tallying 13 kills, five digs, and a block. Stoops added 27 assists and a block of her own as well.

UIW vs HCU (3-2)

In a wild game, the Huskies took the Cardinals to five sets to win the match 2-3.

HCU started off hot as they took a 6-10 lead for the first points of the match. UIW caught some momentum as Stoops perfectly timed a set for Alvarez to slam on the Huskies' side. The Cardinals went on a run to tie the game at 11 after a quick 5-1 run. UIW stayed on the heels of the Huskies all the way through point 20. They took the lead as Kade punched a deep one into HCU territory and the Cardinals took the first set 27-25 after being pushed to extra points.

In the second, UIW was still riding high after the first set win. They held the lead for most of the set until the Huskies took the lead 13-12. Malone quickly answered back to give UIW a big push and tie the score at 13. A Husky error gave the Cardinals the lead, and they never let it go. Malone and Alvarez accounted for four of UIW's last five kills to win the match, 26-24.

In the last three sets (14-25, 22-25,8-25), the Huskies proved to be fighting foes. They capitalized on their growing momentum of home-court advantage and found their groove in crucial times. UIW fought hard to the end but unfortunately lost the match 2-3.

Malone led UIW with a double-double of 18 kills, 17 digs, and a block. Alvarez chipped in for 14 kills with three blocks and Sena had nine kills, 14 digs and an ace. Stoops tallied 46 assists.

UIW vs McNeese (0-3)

The Cowgirls defeated the Cardinals in three sets in the Cardinals' final match at McDermott Center this season.

The score was neck and neck for each of the three sets as the biggest set win was only by a mere five points.

In the first, points were traded back and forth as the Cardinals and the Cowgirls were finding their offensive flow. Kills by Palmi, Malone, and even the setter, Stoops, helped UIW cut McNeese's lead to 14-10. A huge block from Arrington and Finely Evans came just when the Cardinals needed it to add another point to the comeback (11-14). Arrington gave UIW their last kill of the set, but McNeese's lead was just too much, and they won 20-25. The second was just as close as the first. The Cowgirls held onto the lead early and won 25-21.

In the third, the Cardinals didn't let McNeese get away with the win easily. When the score was tied at 14, Palmi started a roll of Cardinal points after a deep kill to the right side. UIW took a 17-14 lead and entered the 20's as Evans slammed a ball from Natalie Kimmel. After a crazy hustle play for the Cardinals and another kill from Malone the Cardinals were up 22-18. The Cowgirls came rushing back to tie the game at 23 and it was a nailbitter. Cardinals had the serve as Stoops grazed it over the net, the Cowgirls set up an attack and killed two balls to take the game, 23-25.

Alvarez led UIW with 12 kills. Evans (9) and Palmi (6) followed closely behind her with Evans adding a block to her name. Stoops and Kimmel combined for 37 assists as Audrey Patton completed one. Defensively, Arrington had two blocks on the game and Patton tallied 18 digs.

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