Aggies hold on, top SEOSU
Just when things looked bleak for Cameron University's volleyball team, all those hours of conditioning and practice under the watchful eye of Qi Wang finally bailed out the Aggies as they salvaged a wild five-set match from Southeastern Oklahoma State before a raucous crowd of more 400 at the Aggie Gym.
There were actually two Cameron teams in the early going, first a team that raced out to two straight wins, 25-22 and 25-16, then a totally different Aggie team that lost the third and fourth sets by the scores of 28-26 and 25-14.
After that second loss that tied it up, things were looking bad for the Aggies as all the momentum seemed to be on the side of the Savage Storm. But, as the fifth set progressed, the visitors from Durant seemed to be tiring as they hit one ball into the net and then had two costly service errors, the last one giving the Aggies their final point of the night in a wild 15-12 fifth set.
"I do think our conditioning was the difference," CU outside hitter Shannon Dulaney said after the tough non-conference match. "Everything Coach Qi does in practice helps set you up to succeed out there. While I wouldn't say his practices are brutal, they do have a way of toughening you up and helping you reach a conditioning level you might not have expected you could reach. It was expected you could reach. It was huge in that final game."
While the players were happy that they got the win, they were also a bit concerned that they "blew it" and didn't close out the visitors earlier.
"While it's a 'W' in the books, we can't be satisfied that we allowed them to get back in the match," junior outside hitter Kat Evans said. "It was disappointing that we let it slip away after the first two sets, but everything Qi has done in practice was the difference in us coming back and winning. We are excited that we had what it takes to come back like that but we also have to work harder to be able to close it out when there is an opportunity."