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Volleyball advances to conference tournament for first time since 2007

Volleyball advances to conference tournament for first time since 2007

In what can only be described as the volleyball team’s best season in a decade, first-year head coach Rob Frost led the Lady Crusaders to their first victory in the American Southwest Conference tournament since 1998, setting a new school Division III-era record for wins in a season.

In the opening match of the 2011 American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Nov. 3, the Lady Crusaders grabbed an early lead and then battled back from a third-set deficit to post a 3-0 victory over Texas Lutheran University. The victory brought the team’s season record to 21-9, setting a new school single-season record for Division III-era wins, besting the previous mark of 20 set in 1998. The win was the first ASC Tournament victory for the team since 1998, when the Cru went on to win the inaugural conference tournament.

The Lady Crusaders advanced to face ASC West Division Champion McMurry University later that evening. The team had chances to put McMurry away, but the Cru could not hold off the War Hawks fourth and fifth set rallies in a 3-2 loss in the second round of the championship tournament.

The Cru then faced U.T.-Tyler in an elimination game Nov. 4. The team fought back from an opening set loss to tie the match, but the Cru comeback fell short in a 3-1 loss. The loss ended their season at 21-11 overall. The match eliminated the Cru from the conference tournament after UMHB advanced to the ASC Tournament for the first time since 2007.