Starting the tournament with a win Friday, the Horned Frogs volleyball team made school history during one match and broke their winning streak in the next at the Nike/LaQuinta Invitational Saturday.After the Frogs beat Centenary College of Louisiana in three games at the University Recreation Center, it held the record for the best start in school history at 10-1, beating the previous record of 9-1. The scores for the match were: 30-18, 30-28, and 30-19.
An hour and a half later, it took Ole Miss five games to take down the Frogs. The scores were: 30-26, 31-33, 28-30, 30-26, and 9-15.
Head coach Prentice Lewis said the team needs to focus on maintaining consistency.
“When you don’t put a game from one to 30 together, it’s real difficult to win,” Lewis said. “We did not do that at all.”
The games they won were hard fought victories, but the other team had many errors, Lewis said. They did specific things well, but didn’t do them consistently.
Senior Calli Corley had 15 digs in the match against Ole Miss and 22 digs against Centenary Saturday afternoon. Corley also had 22 digs Friday night against Davidson College.
“I think we showed what we can do, but at times we took mental breaks,” Corley said.
Senior Anna Vaughn stood out in every game. In the first game, she led the Frogs in kills with 12 against Centenary, 18 against Ole Miss and 19 against Davidson.
Vaughn said the team can use what they learned at the tournament this weekend to motivate themselves and work harder in practice.
The Frogs kept after Ole Miss and didn’t stop fighting back, Vaughn said.
The Frogs pulled out a win in their final game against the Davidson Wildcats with scores of: 30-17, 24-30, 30-23, 25-30, and 15-8.
“We were up and down,” said Emily Allen, a redshirted junior. “We need to work on keeping our focus.”
Freshman Lauren Otto had 12 kills and 12 digs for her second-straight double-double this season against Davidson.
“We need to take our opponent seriously,” Otto said.
To prepare for the next game, the Frogs need to work on the little things during practice, Corley said.
“When you’re winning, it’s easier to get relaxed,” Vaughn said. “When you lose a game like that, it burns a little more, makes you want to work harder.”
The team’s next game is 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Rec Center against Texas State University.