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Pioneer volleyball finds Coca Cola Classic refreshing  

By Sean Ditmore/sports writer

The only thing as glistening as the newly renovated floor of the Hutcherson Center is the record of its digging, serving and setting occupants.

After stumbling to Southwestern Assemblies of God, the Wayland Baptist Pioneers volleyball team finished the 2007 Coca-Cola Classic on a roll winning in their final four matches to bring their record to 7-2 on the season.

Coach Jim Giacomazzi felt that the team’s winning ways reflected progress made toward reaching some team objectives.

“Our goal since we started has been to have better passing and better defense, and we did that this weekend.” Giacomazzi said.

After losing the match to Southwestern Assemblies in four close games 24-30, 32-30, 34-32 and 30-27, the Pioneers responded by losing only one other game the rest of the tournament.

The final match against Oklahoma Panhandle State was particularly convincing. The Pioneers won in three games by scores of 30-14, 30-19 and 30-22.

Coach Giacomazzi suggested that the result may have had to do with a more regular lineup, steady play from the middle and the outside, and an adjustment that led to more opportunities for aces for hitter Analicia Estrada.

“They backed me up about two feet and it got my serve to float more and drop in different places,” Estrada said.

Estrada would finish with 11 aces for the tournament.

Coach Giacomazzi came away happy with the team’s overall progress.

“The team is coming together…I’m really pleased with where we are at this point in the season. We just need to keep working hard because this is just the beginning of a tall staircase,” Giacomazzi said.


Photo courtesy of the Plainview Daily Herald

Pioneer Hailey Clark, a junior from Lubbock, scores on Sul Ross University on Sept. 1 at the Hutcherson
Center during the Coca Cola Classic. The Pioneers won 3-0 against Sul Ross, but recently lost 0-3 to Midwestern
State University on Sept. 4 in Wichita Falls.