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The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

UTSA earns No. 1 seed in C-USA tournament


In front of a crowd of 1,105, UTSA junior middle hitter Lauren Muenchow and freshman outside hitter Dajana Boskovic blocked an attempted kill from Tulsa, scoring the final Conference USA (C-USA) Regular Season championship point.

The UTSA Roadrunners (21-7, 13-1 C-USA) volleyball team faced the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (23-6, 12-2 C-USA) on Saturday Nov. 17.

UTSA swept the Pirates in three sets (25-11, 25-18, 25-21).

“Our motto this year is ‘the same, is the same, is the same’ and we just wanted them to be relaxed,” UTSA volleyball Head Coach Laura Groff said. “It’s all about us. It’s always all about us. They (Tulsa) have a couple of nice individuals, but overall, we’re the better team.

“If we just take care of business on our side of the net, we knew we were going to be okay, and we definitely did that.”

The third set was filled with fire from both teams with Tulsa trying to make a comeback, taking the lead for a few points, and UTSA fighting hard to end the game in a sweep. Much like the second set, UTSA united to end Tulsa’s almost-comeback and take the win.

“We ran four balls down that you never would’ve thought we would’ve ever gotten, and that just gives us energy,” Groff said. “Versus when that ball hits the ground, it just kind of sucks that energy out of you and we just fed off of one play after another.”

From the beginning UTSA set the tone as a team not to be taken lightly. Early on in the set UTSA pulled away, ending the set at a score of 25-11.

The second set was more of a struggle for UTSA. Tulsa took the lead until the Roadrunners needed a timeout to settle the run. After the break, UTSA came back strong, ending the set at 25-18.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ending,” senior outside hitter McKenzie Adams said. “We went out here, took care of business; when things got rough we never let it affect us. We just reminded ourselves that it’s just another day at the gym.”

In her final regular season game, Adams led the team with 22 kills out of the team’s combined 42, with a hit percent of .340, adding nine digs. Adams was the fire that kept on burning throughout the game, never letting up on Tulsa.

Freshman setter Jessica Waldrip was also a force on the court with 39 assists, three serve aces and one kill.

Sophomore defensive specialists Annie Kunes led the team with 24 digs along with senior defensive specialist Paige Hamilton who had 13 digs. Danielle Villarreal and Waldrip both added ten digs of their own to a final team total of 74 digs.

Overall, UTSA ended the game with a hit percent of 70 and seven blocks, one being the final game point.

“Going into this we knew, we thought, they were going to be our toughest competition but we played a perfect game,” Adams added. “We played, I wouldn’t say to the best of our ability, but right up next to it.”

UTSA is now headed to the C-USA Tournament ready to take on the competition.

“I think even if this game wouldn’t have ended up how we liked it we still would’ve felt confident (going into the tournament) because we know what we can do,” Adams said. “But going into it now we know how we can play and we know we can take care of business.”

UTSA is set to start the C-USA Championship tournament at noon on Friday Nov. 22 against, the winner of the first round matchup between UTEP and Southern Mississippi.

“If we can play like we did tonight, I feel really good,” Groff concluded.

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