The Fort Hays State Univeristy volleyball team had a slow start to its weekend in Odessa, Tex., at the University of Texas-Permian Basin Volleyball Classic.
The team lost its first match to Cameron University by a score of 21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 20-25.
Hitting was a trouble spot for the Tigers against the Aggies. They hit only 20.6% and had 27 hitting errors. The Tigers were led in kills by freshman Kylee Hoagland with 16, and sophomore Madison Schwartz added 11. Schwartz had double-digit kills in every match on the weekend.
Last week’s MIAA Specialist of the Week, junior Kayla Zoglman, had 40 assists in the match. Senior Tracie Hileman led the team in digs with 15.
The second match of the day fared much better for the Tigers. The Tigers beat Southern Arkansas in four games by a score of 25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22.
Hoagland once again came up big for the Tigers with a season-high of 18 kills, two solo blocks and two assist blocks.
Schwartz added 12 kills, while sophomore Jenna Ulrich had 10. Sophomore Makenzie Weinman led the team with 14 digs, and Zoglman had 47 assists. The Tigers were able to hold Southern Arkansas to a hitting percentage of 9.5.
The second day of the tournament went even better for the Tigers, who finished the day undefeated to finish 3-1 overall in the tournament.
The first match on Saturday was a 3-0 defeat of Oklahoma-Panhandle State. The Tigers won it with scores of 25-20, 25-15, 25-13. It was the second win over Oklahoma-Panhandle this season for the Tigers.
Schwartz had 10 kills for the Tigers, while Ulrich added nine for the match. Zoglman had 28 assists, while Hileman had a team high of 20 digs. The Tigers capitalized on Panhandle having a negative hitting percentage to win the match.
The last match of the day was a close one for the Tigers against tournament host University of Texas-Permian Basin.
The Tigers won in five games with scores of 25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10. Schwartz had her fourth double-digit kill match of the weekend with 18 kills. Freshman Sara Hewson had 15 kills, while Ulrich put down 12. Hewson also led the team in digs with 25.
The tournament had an all-tournament team that consisted of the top eight players from the weekend. Schwartz and Ulrich were both named to the team. Schwartz had 51 kills and a 30.2 hitting percentage on the weekend.
Ulrich had 41 kills and a 31.5 hitting percentage. Ulrich also put down 11 total blocks.
The Tigers are 12-7 and have double-digit wins for the first time since 2007. They will take on Missouri Southern University at 7 p.m. on Friday in Joplin. They will then return home to play at 2 p.m. on Sunday to take on Pittsburg State.