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Volleyball team secures victory on senior day

Submitted by Hannah Stewmon on November 19, 2012 – 1:57 pmNo Comment

The UALR volleyball team won its last home game of the season Nov. 4, in a come-from-behind victory against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

UALR lost the first set 26-28, won the second 25-21 and lost the third 23-25. This created a 2-1 set deficit for the Trojans, keeping fans wondering if the team would be able to win its final regular season game at Jack Stephens Center.

After losing to ULL in the last meeting 3-0, the Trojans knew what it would take to defeat an experienced team like the Ragin’ Cajuns.

The Trojan volleyball team, which has four student athletes, persevered in the fourth set and outscored the Ragin’ Cajuns 25-13, forcing a fifth and final set.  The Trojans took the win in the final set 15-12 and achieved a dramatic come-from-behind win.

The game was capped off with a small presentation for the four senior players: Sawyer Schaedig (health and science major), Emily Pepperman (biology major), Eva Xie (finance major), and Daniele Souza Moura (sociology major).

They were recognized for their four-year commitment to the team. Each player received a bag and a framed action shot of themselves as a token of appreciation.

After the game, Schaedig said it will be difficult for her to get used to not having her teammates by her side at a moments notice. “We’ve gotten so close this year and it’s going to be really hard without them.”

Head coach Van Compton said she was proud of her senior players for overcoming obstacles and representing the program with class.

“They’re relentless because of the obstacles we’ve had to overcome this year, and their willingness to believe in something that they couldn’t see at first,” Compton said. “But they believed in it and have brought it a long way.”

Compton continued to praise the senior players and emphasized their importance to the team.

“They are the foundation of this team, and our team is very, very small so they have to do a lot of things that they are not comfortable with because a lot of them play out of position.  They have meant a lot to this team,” she said.

The win against the Ragin’ Cajuns means the team has secured at least a fifth seed spot in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The tournament will be held in Bowling Green, Ky. Nov. 14-17.


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