AUSTIN, Texas – Faced with a must-win in tough road environment, the Wiley College volleyball team forced a fifth set and emerged victorious against Huston-Tillotson University (20-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12) Saturday in a Red River Athletic Conference match.
“I’m pleased. My girls stuck together, they were disciplined and never gave up,” said head coach LaKyva Bason, who is a RRAC Coach of the Year candidate.
Bason said minimizing errors and executing well on defense and a key substitution helped the Lady Wildcats come from behind.
“I made a change with my setters to give us different options on offense,” Bason said. “Sydnie Beckett ended the fifth set by fearlessly setting from the front row and feeding Rebecca Moustapha the ball. Rebecca and Sydnie together were offensively game changers for us. I’m going to call them the dynamic duo.”
Moustapha led the team with 15 kills. Lucille Ricord and Alissa Johnson finished in double-digits with 13 and 10, respectively. Beckett recorded a match-high 26 assists. Noemi Garza added 18 and had match high two serving aces. Miyah Keller, who is a RRAC Defensive Specialist of the Year candidate, lead all players with 20 digs. Jayme Bazile recorded a match-high six blocks (2 solo and four block assists).
With the victory, the Lady Wildcats improve to 9-8 and 4-2 in conference play, which puts them in fourth. Bason thought her girls were able to handle the tough home crowd.
“I feel that today we truly learned how to win,” Bason said. “Right now our next focus will be on St. Thomas.”