The Paw Print
The ASU women’s volleyball team was at it again this week with two tough matches and the start of their conference play. This week, the Grizzlies played the Western State Colorado University Mountaineers on Tuesday and the Western New Mexico University Mustangs on Saturday.
With a 7-1 record going into Tuesday night’s game, the Grizzlies felt confident in their pre season success but knew that they were going to have to work hard for every point they played. With their passion for the game and chemistry on the court, that is exactly what the Grizzlies did.
The WSCU Mountaineers were 1-7 going into Tuesday night’s game against the Grizzlies. Both teams fought hard, but the Grizzlies impressive .298 hitting percentage is what helped them with their victory in the Mountaineer’s Paul W. Wright Gymnasium.
Junior middle hitters Deprece Washington and Megan Tapia combined for 16 kills and an amazing .536 hitting percentage. Washington had 9 kills and Tapia had 7 kills, with zero errors. Senior outside hitter Dominique Davis also had 9 kills and seven digs and junior sophomore Letisha Spencer had six kills and eight digs.
A solid all around game from the Grizzlies made it possible for them to have a 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 win against the Mountaineers. The victory against WSCU was the Grizzlies fourth win in four days.
Their win put them at 1-0 in conference play going into Saturday’s game against the 1-0 Western New Mexico University Mustangs.
With their second conference game of the season on Saturday night, the Grizzlies packed up again and headed south to Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M.
After a long eight and a half hour drive, the Grizzlies were prepared for a traditional battle against the Mustangs. Splitting games last season, and not beating the Mustang’s on their own court since 2007, the Grizzlies knew that they would have to bring their best game on the court.
With a great performance by all players, the Grizzlies were able to come out on top with a 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16 four set win against the Mustangs on their home court.
Juniors Megan Tapia and Letisha Spencer and Senior Dominique Davis all had double- doubles, while senior Libero Valerie Garcia had a career high 23 digs.
Spencer was playing in her home state of New Mexico and had an outstanding night with 13 kills and a career high 20 digs, hitting a .346.
When asked how the win at WNMU felt Spencer said, “To get the win down at WNM was amazing. I feel it was a well played match on both sides and it just came down to us playing our game and having a great time doing it.”
With this huge win against the Mustangs, the Grizzlies are now 9-1 overall and 2-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) play.
The Grizzlies will be on the road again next weekend against CSU-Pueblo (8-3, 0-2 RMAC) on Friday night and New Mexico Highlands University (4-6, 1-1 RMAC) on Saturday night.
The first home contest for Grizzlies’ volleyball will be on Friday, Sept. 28 against Colorado Mesa University. The game will take place starting at 7 p.m. in Plachy Hall.
They will also play at home the next night, Sept. 29, against Fort Lewis at 7 p.m in Plachy Hall.