November 5, 2011
San Antonio – The St. Mary’s volleyball team bid farewell to its four seniors as well as its season in a 3-0 loss to Dallas Baptist today on its home court Saturday.
The sweep hit the Rattlers (17-13) hard after losing their shot to defend their Heartland Conference Championship after No. 1 seed St. Edward’s shut out the Rattlers this past Thursday, ending their hopes to advance to the tournament.
Still, the Rattlers accomplished plenty this season – most notably their first winning season since 2006.
On Saturday, Dallas Baptist (15-15) came to the Rattlers’ (6-8 in conference) court ready to play. The Rattlers, who also wanted a successful close to the season, evenly played the first set but came up short by five after a back-and-forth game put the Patriots (7-6 in conference) ahead, 1-0.
Dallas Baptist kept its drive in the second set, stymieing the Rattlers, 25-14. The Patriots carried their lead into the final set of the season with the Rattlers returning mentally, giving Dallas Baptist a fight. But it was too late, as they fell short 25-22.
For senior Mallory Moeller (Geronimo,Texas), the loss was tough to swallow.
“It was bittersweet, probably more bitter than sweet,” she said. “I mean, it’s hard for that to be our last game and knowing there’s not a next time.”
Moeller pulled down seven kills today as fellow seniors Kirsten Chapman (Jourdanton, Texas) and Stephanie Proske (La Grange, Texas) came away with nine apiece. The fourth senior, Adrianna Keys (San Antonio), also started the match and had one kill.
While the Rattlers say goodbye to their prominent cast of seniors and the roller coaster of a season that began with the historic 10-0 start, it’s time to look forward to their next season of promising players.
Freshman Victorria Martinez (Arlington, Texas) had 17 digs today and is the team leader with 548 digs for the season, and Allie Murray (Jr., San Antonio) had 30 assists today also leading the team for 1, 100 assists this season.
If this season is an indicator, Martinez and Murray are likely to excel next year as well, along with the rest of the Rattlers.