By Daniel Johnson, Sports Editor
Consistency is the key to success this season for head volleyball coach Kellen Mock, and the Wildcats showed just that in their second conference victory Saturday over LSC rivals Tarleton State.
“We’re getting more confident on the court,” said Mock, “I’m loving the consistency factor because we don’t second guess ourselves.”
ACU went 2-0 in conference after overpowering Tarleton State for their third straight match won at home won the match 30-22, 30-16, 30-27 for their 16th straight LSC conference victory.
ACU’s defensive back row was reliable in the match and allowed ACU’s hitters to bombard the Tarelton defense with kills.
Libero Liz Snoddy and defensive specialist Jessica Reyna and Malia Plumlee combined for 35 of the 56 digs the Wildcats had and kept the wildcat hitter swinging.
“Our back row stepped up huge and that helped leave Abbie in the front, which is good for us.”
Outside hitter Abbie Lowry led the Wildcats with 14 kills while sophomore middle blocker Lauren Leone had 12 of her own, including the match-winning kill.
Mock said she is excitied to have Leone as a reliable player despite her lack of experience under her belt.
“Lauren is the most consistent player we have,” said Mock. “She takes care of the ball and doesn’t make many mistakes.”
The Wildcats began their conference success with a win over Texas A&M Kingsville on Thursday. ACU defeated Kingsville 30-19, 30-21, 30-17.
Freshman setter Erica Dickenson had 25 assists in her first match in the LSC conference.
“Winning proves that I’m getting my job done,” said Dickenson.
The Wildcats’ 2-0 record puts them atop the LSC standings after posting a losing record during the preseason.
“We had to refocus after last weekend and really work to score when we had the serve, and that kind of consistency will take us far in conference.” Said Mock
The Wildcats will continue their conference schedule when they travel to San Angelo to take on Angelo State.