Reddies Start The Season With A Win

After falling behind 1-0, HSU bounces back to win three straight sets.

Cortez Akins, Oracle Sports Editor

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After coming off of one of the most memorable volleyball seasons in school history, the Henderson State volleyball team were back in action at Duke-Wells Gym. The 2018 season saw Henderson with 28 wins overall (13 wins in GAC) which is also a school record, as well as an appearance in the GAC championship for the first time in school history.

The Reddies, who were picked to finish third in the GAC, took the court for their 11 a.m. tip against the Mississippi College Choctaws. The home crowd was surprisingly large for such an early match time. 

The first set did not go quite how the Reddies intended. Mississippi College came out hot and scored four straight points, but the Reddies responded with four points of their own. From there, the Choctaws took control of the set and went on a 7-3 run, winning the set 25-18.

The Reddies would respond. Henderson went on to win the next three sets and the match. 

“It was a little bit of nerves and a little bit of us not quite dialed into where we needed to be, but I felt that by the time we got to the end of the first set were on the way to settle down a little bit,” head coach Phil McDaniel said. 

One potential reason for the nerves was that there were quite a few new faces on this year’s team, one of those being Sabrina Snow who is a Junior transfer from Wharton County Community College in Wharton, Texas. Snow had a great debut for the Reddies, notching 20 kills.

A face that was not new was Courtney Bolf who is returning for her senior season. In 2018, Bolf was one of two players to be Unanimous First-Team All-GAC. 

“It was just great to be recognized for my work,” Bolf said.  Bolf finished the match with 14 kills, two aces, and 12 digs.  

The Reddies will play their next game at 6 p.m. in the Duke-Wells Gym against the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions.