For the third consecutive year, UT Dallas Volleyball clinched a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the final game of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament.
For the majority of the first two sets, the Comets found themselves neck and neck with a very persistent Mary Hardin-Baylor squad, finishing them off on a 7-0 run and a 3-0 run respectively. After winning the first two sets handily, the student section of the crowd that I was sitting in, realized that history was within reach and “Three-peat” chants began to scatter among us. In between sets, Temoc the Comet ran up and down the bleachers and I got quite a few high-fives from him.
On the brink of being crowned American Southwest Conference Champions for the fifth time in the team’s brief 13-year history, the Comets were not in control for the majority of the third set. We as the student section remained positive but worry began to creep in my mind as the team found itself down as late as 20-19. This was until an aggressive run was sparked by three straight points from Wallbrown. Those three points proved to be vital in turning the tide of the game into the Comets favor, ending with back to back points from the senior. Though the Mary Hardin-Baylor squad kept each set very exciting, they proved to be no match for the commanding prowess of the Comets led by Senior Emma Wallbrown. As soon as the final point was scored, the team erupted in elation, coming together near the net, celebrating their victory. Likewise, we as a student section all stood up, cheering them on. The volleyball team winning their conference title was an awesome thing to witness, because I could tell how much it meant to them to see all of their hard work this season come to fruition.
The student section was a lot of fun to participate in, especially with all the great talent on the court for the Comets! I highly recommend finding time to go out and support the UT Dallas sports teams. It’s honestly a blast and the energy that the crowd brings can be a game changer!
B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2020
The University of Texas at Dallas