Coming off a losing streak of five consecutive games, four of which were conference games, the UTSA women’s volleyball team had nothing but a win in sights last Friday night as they took on the Lady Cougars of Prairie View A&M.
The first game started with the Roadrunners serving. Getting the momentum started for the Roadrunners, Christina Almeida had the team’s longest serving streak of five consecutive points giving them a strong lead.
The Runners did not let up after they won the first match, 30-16. With exceptional play up front from Kendra Rowland and Victoria Prior, each with seven kills, the Runners were fired up for the rest of the game.
The second game started off a little slower for the Runners, however, as the Lady Cougars gained their first lead of the night going up 8-7.
After calling a quick time out by UTSA, the Runners were back on track and went on an eight-point run to regain the lead with Audrey Hiser behind the ball. Prior and Briana Mason dominated up front with 10 combined kills along with Jordan White who had nine-perfect sets.
The Runners pulled through, winning the match 30-28.
The third game started off with the Runners serving first, but the score would alternate the first eight-points.
The Runners took a quick lead with power hits by Prior with five kills and Rowland with three kills. Almeida made some great hits to pull the Roadrunners to an even greater lead with three consecutive kills.
Rowland came through big at the end with multiple attacks on the ball and even two service aces. Continuing to run the game, the Runners won the third and final game of the match sealing their first conference win 30-19.
Rowland racked up 12 kills while Mason grabbed 10 kills of her own. But if there would be an MVP for this game, it would go to Prior, who racked up 19 kills and did exceptional blocking up front. Jordan White and Rebecca Hrapmann were behind the kills with 26 assists for White and 16 for Hrapmann.
Game, set and match for the Runners.
They continue play Thursday night at the Convocation Center as they take on Texas State at 7 p.m. in the “I-35 Orange vs. Maroon Rivalry.” Saturday, UTSA continues conference play against UT-Arlington at 2 p.m. in the Convo.