Comets Knocks Off Two National Powers On Way To Sweep Through Trinity Tournament


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SAN ANTONIO, TX (09.05.09) - The UT Dallas volleyball team opened its 2009 campaign by making a statement that will likely be heard in the national polls after sweeping through a highly competitive Trinity University River City Classic over the weekend and knocking off a pair of nationally-ranked opponents along the way.

In addition, the Comets (4-0 on the season) picked up the 100th career win for the program and head coach Marci Sanders, who founded UTD's volleyball program back in 2004.

UTD opened the tournament with that 100th win Friday afternoon with a three-game sweep of Bridgewater College (VA), then followed that up with a four-game win over Cal Lutheran, ranked No. 14 in the pre-season American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national Top 25 poll. UTD battled past tough NAIA power Our Lady of the Lake University early Saturday and capped off the tournament victory with a four-game win over host Trinity, which was ranked No. 12 in the AVCA poll.

UTD junior Jessica Nassau won tournament Most Valuable Player honors after htting double-digit kills in the final three matches to finish with 47 in those three wins. Senior teammate Kyleigh Irish, who led UTD with 11 kills in the Bridgewater match, was also named to the six-member All-Tournament team.

UTD opened the tournament Friday  with an overpowering 25-13, 25-15, 25-11 win over Bridgewater (VA). After dropping the first game of the match to No. 14 Cal Lutheran Friday night, the Comets battled back to take an 18--25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-12 win. UTD had another battle on its hands in the Saturday opener against Our Lady of the Lake, but handed the Saints their only loss of the tournament in a 26-24, 28-26, 25-16 showdown. The Comets capped off the tournament Saturday afternoon with a 25-20, 29-27, 19-25, 25-21 win over longtime national power Trinity.

In addition to Nassau and Irish, the Comets got a 137- assist weekend from junior setter Niki Calverley.

A number of UTD freshmen also stood out during the opening weekend, leading the team in several statistical categories. Among those...

...Dayna Weismann had 15 assists against Bridgewater and a pair of blocks in the Trinity match.

...Dana Hilzendager has double-digit digs against Bridgewater and Trinity, as well as 2 blocks against TU.

...Halea Williams picked up seven blocks in the Friday matches, including five against Cal Lutheran.

...Mel Power had 17 digs in both the Cal Lutheran and OLOL match.


Article courtesy of Texas-Dallas Athletics

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