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Wildcats conclude D-I season in Arizona


By Collin Wieder
Posted on November 21, 2013 | Showcase,Sports | Comments Off on Wildcats conclude D-I season in Arizona
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Junior middle blocker Neely Borger spikes the ball for the Wildcats in their home game at Moody Coliseum. (Optimist photo by Mandy Lambright)

The women’s volleyball team will be finally finishing their season this weekend in Arizona. They will be playing the Grand Canyon Antelopes today after they had a week and a half break. Coach Mock believes the break helped refresh the Wildcats and give them time to come up with a game plan. “We really fine tuned some technique this week and tightened up our individual play.”

The Wildcats come in with a 6-16 overall record and a 2-12 Southland record.

They have struggled offensively this year as the team has had a low hitting percentage of .137. A bright spot for the ‘Cats has been the blocking game which leads the Southland in blocks per set at 2.36.

A rough year for the Wildcats saw some positive news come out this week as freshman middle blocker Lexi Mercier made the All-Southland Honorable Mention team. Mercier leads the Southland in blocks per set at 1.48. The Wildcats will need a solid performance from Mercier as well as Jennifer Loerch who leads the team in kills per set with 3.21.

The ‘Lopes come in with a 10-18 record and 4-11 Western Athletic Conference record. They will be looking for solid a performance from junior Mackenzie Phelps who leads the WAC in digs per set at 5.48.

ACU will also play Southland conference opponent Incarnate Word on Saturday for their final game of the season. The first two meetings did not go well for the ‘Cats as they lost in straight sets in both meetings. Senior Caley Johnson thinks the team will be ready to go and is excited with the opportunity to beat Incarnate Word in her final game.

“We would like to get a little bit of revenge since we didn’t put up a very good showing the first two times hopefully we come out with a win this last go around,” Johnson said.

The ‘Cats will also be losing two seniors this Saturday in Caley Johnson and Madelyn Robinett. Mock thinks the two seniors had a huge impact in their four years here and are going to be tough to replace. “Madelyn and Caley haven’t been the most highly-touted players during their career but they both filled roles for us. The thing about Madi and Caley is they truly embody excellence and the values of ACU. They are great volleyball players and we are really going to miss them.”

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