Roadrunner volleyball aceing through conference

UTSA volleyball

The Roadrunner volleyball team entered its final season of Southland competition as defending conference champion. Among the goals set by the team coming into the season was to repeat as tournament champion, as well as to win the regular season crown.

After six games of conference, the Roadrunners appear to be well on their way to attaining the goal of a regular season championship. They are off to their best start in conference play since 1998. The way in which the Roadrunners have won is nothing short of impressive.

In their six conference games, the Roadrunners have rarely trailed in any set and have yet to lose a set in conference. In fact to find the last time the Roadrunners lost a set one has to go back nearly a month to Sept. 17 when the Roadrunners lost to the #8 Texas Longhorns in four sets by a score of 3-1. That game was historic because it marked the first time that the Roadrunners won a set against a ranked opponent.

The last time the Roadrunners lost a set in conference, one has to go back to last year, Nov. 13, when the Roadrunners were swept in the last regular season match against UT-Arlington.

The Roadrunners run of six straight games without losing a set is starting to reach record levels. The record for UTSA sits at 10 matches won in a row without losing a set. That record was set way back in 1987.

The Roadrunners are returning from a road trip that saw them sweep both Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (25-13, 25-19, 25-20) and McNeese State (25-19, 25-21, 25-21). In the victory over McNeese, UTSA’s sophomore phenom McKenzie Adams had a match high 16 kills en route to hitting .762, a program record.

Fresh off their road trip, the Roadrunners will return home for a four-game home stand starting Thursday at 6:30 pm against Southeastern Louisiana. Also coming into town will be Nicholls on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 pm, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm and Lamar on Oct. 22 at 2 pm.

The four-game home stand offers an opportunity for the Roadrunner community to get behind the most successful team on campus right now. If we are going to become the next great Texas university we have to show that we support all of our teams. With the volleyball team on a roll, now is as good a time as ever to get behind a winner.

The volleyball team has stepped up their game this season. It is now time for the students to step up their game and attend the games.