The Lady Wildcats drop to 6-5 and 4-2 in Red River Athletic Conference
The Wiley College volleyball team was unable to maintain momentum after winning the first set in a tough 3-1 loss to Huston-Tillotson University in a Red River Athletic Conference match at Alumni Gymnasium Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats (6-5, 4-2 in RRAC) rallied from a 17-14 deficit to take the first set. The Lady Rams rallied to take the second set and were in complete control of the last two sets. For the first time since the beginning of the season, Wiley College lost consecutive matches (25-23, 19-25, 16-25, 18-25).
"I'm disappointed with the effort throughout the game," head coach Mike MacNeill said. "Huston-Tillotson didn't do anything special, we just made too many unforced errors. We were not mentally engaged."
The defeat is the first time the Lady Wildcats have lost back-to-back home games since the 2014 season. They will look to return to the win column on Friday when it hosts the University of St. Thomas-Houston 6 p.m. at Alumni Gymnasium.
No one reached double digits in kills for Wiley College. Renata Da Silva (SO/Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Olena Fedorenko (SO/Sevastopol, Ukraine) led the team with seven. Alexia Souza (SO/Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil) came off the bench and recorded 17 assists. Miyah Keller (JR/Beaumont, TX) tallied 13 digs to lead the team. Tsvetelina Bozhanova (JR/Razlog, Bulgaria) was also in double figures with 12. Da Silva led the team with one block solo and five block assists.
The Lady Wildcats struggled to get a hand on Huston-Tillotson's Breanna Taylor's attacks. She recorded 20 kills. She recorded three block assists. Wiley College made fewer attack errors but had a lower hitting percentage at .051. The Lady Wildcats out-block the Lady Rams 10-4. However, Wiley College gave Huston-Tillotson six points on blocking errors. Once again, the serve gave the Lady Wildcats problems - as they had seven reception errors and 10 serving errors.
The Lady Wildcats conclude their three-game home stand against University of St. Thomas-Houston Friday at 6 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium. The Celts also suffered their first two losses of the RRAC season. Last season, Wiley College doubled St. Thomas-Houston in kills (40-20) in a sweep.
WILEY COLLEGE NOTES
The loss gives the Lady Wildcats their first losing streak since falling in the first two games of the season
Wiley College drops to 16-1 vs. Huston-Tillotson University
Wiley College falls to 3-2 at home
The Lady Wildcats slide to 115-31 against Red River Athletic Conference opponents