By Rubi Torres, staff writer
The women’s volleyball team ended senior night with a 3-0 win over the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State on Oct. 18. The team’s lone senior, Katelyn Schmidtberger, helped lead her team through three sets of victory, 25-17 in the first set, 25-10 in the second, and 25-14 in the third.
Newman capitalized early on in the matchup. During the first set, Oklahoma Panhandle was not able to put up a fight against the Jets. In the end, Newman had fourteen kills whereas OPSU had only eight.
Junior Chelsea Helena said the performance was exactly what the team needed.
“We knew it was our last game at home, and we wanted to come out strong and show what we were capable of for ourselves and Katelyn,” she said.
In the second set, the Jets continued to control the game with 11 kills, compared to the Aggies’ six.
Junior Gabby Loxterman helped the team with three kills, and freshman Samantha Minihan had four. With help from both Schmidtberger and junior Haley Dotson, the Jets ended the second set 25-10.
In the third and final set, the Lady Jets shut down OPSU with the momentum that was carried from the first two sets. The final score for that set was 25-14. The attacking percentage for the Jets was .409. The team’s record now stands at 4-12 overall and 2-7 in conference.
“It was a momentum change for us,” Helena said. “Now we need to take something from this past victory and carry it with us and use it while we are on the road. We know what we are capable of, and we will continue working hard even as our season narrows in towards the end.”
The Lady Jets will be back in action Oct. 25, when the team will travel to Arkansas-Fort Smith for a two-day, two-match series.