The Lady Islanders volleyball team had an outstanding performance against the University of the Incarnate Word Lady Cardinals on Oct. 10, 2018 in the Dugan Wellness Center.
The first set of the game was back and forth against both teams, with the Cardinals leading 6–1 in the beginning of the game. The Islanders defense in the first five minutes was not as great as expected, causing them to lose the first set 25–20. Eager and motivated to win, the Islanders swept the last three sets with an incredible performance.
The last three sets left the crowd with anxiety as these two teams performed both great defense and offense, each team being behind and ahead two to three points, causing the crowd to believe it could be anybody’s game.
The Islander won the fourth and last set, 22–25. This set was when the Islanders developed their teamwork and showed their true work ethic. Their spikes hit, and their sets were always on top, making it easy for the outside hitters and middle front to have a clean open shot. With hard hitting spikes, the crowd showed great enthusiasm.
“I’ve been to almost every home game,” said Emilio Patino, a Junior studying Criminal Justice. “I’m a huge fan of volleyball. I played it myself my high school years and was even team captain my senior year. Having the crowd this wild, really helps the players. It creates an unspoken responsibility on the coaches, and athletes. The energy from the crowd transfers over to the team, creating an advantage over our opponents.”
The Lady Islanders volleyball team has had its ups and downs, but this game against the University of Incarnate Word Lady Cardinals (UIW) really gave them the chance to redeem themselves. To follow up on the Lady Islanders volleyball team and for more information on when their next game will be played, please visit, https://goislanders.com/schedule. Go Islanders!