Lion volleyball team wins season opener against DBU

John Parsons, Co-Editor in Chief

The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team won their season opener 3-2 against Dallas Baptist University in the Field House after a pause in play that lasted more than 400 days.

Set scores were 25-27, 25-16, 27-29, 25-15, and 15-5. The team is now 1-0 overall and 1-0 in Lone Star Conference play.

The Lions hit .150 with 59 kills in the match. Sydney Andersen led the team with 16 kills and shared the lead for digs with 20. Maiya Dickie completed a career high 15 kills and participated in seven blocks. Natalie Sarbeck had a double-double with 29 assists and 14 digs. The Lions dominated the net with 13 blocks compared to DBU’s seven.

Riley Davidson made her debut as the libero. She wears a different color jersey and can enter and exit the back row anytime she wants but can only be replaced by the player she stepped in for. The libero is a defensive player who gets recognized for her consistency of play. She leads the defense and covers – the act of placing players around the hitter as she attacks the ball. The most important role of a libero is considered to be receiving the serve and passing the ball to a teammate. A libero entering or exiting the game does not count against a coach’s maximum of 15 substitutions per set. Davidson shared the team lead with 20 digs.