UTSA Volleyball got their season off to a perfect start on Friday as they competed in the Bearkats Invitational at Sam Houston State. The Roadrunners won all both opening games with two straight sets wins on Friday against Montana State and Prairie View A&M.
Despite the positive record the Roadrunners Volleyball team has had over the last several years, season openers have proved to be a banana skin at times. So it was relieving for the UTSA staff to come out with a big win in their opener.
The Roadrunners made light work of Montana State in their first game of the season, claiming a 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 win. Antonela Jularic was agonizingly short of opening the season with a double-double as she managed 11 kills and nine digs to lead the way.
Megan Slan was also impressive, nearing perfection as she hit a .900 hitting percentage, along with her nine kills, a career high. Montana State could not break out hitting a low percentage through all three sets as UTSA controlled from the very beginning.
UTSA started slowly, giving Montana State an early lead but quickly rattled off five straight points to jump out to a 6-3 lead. From there they never looked back as they cruised to a 25-17 first set win.
The second set saw the Roadrunners carry momentum and they quickly shot out to a 7-2 lead, the gap only being as tight as two, at 10-8 from there out. UTSA ended a four point Montana State streak and won the set easily 25-16.
The third set was the tightest of the match and the Bobcats took their first lead of the match at 19-18. That meant the set was going to go down to the wire, especially as Montana State went on an 8-1 run saw the lead push out to 22-18.
But UTSA fought back and won the match in straight sets with a 6-1 run of their own which saw them claim the set 25-23. That gave UTSA a full head of confidence heading in to their match against Prairie View A&M and they made even lighter work, winning 25-13, 25-13, 25-14.
This match saw UTSA set a program record as they managed a .573 hitting percentage in the match, beating the old mark of .536. UTSA hit above .600 in two sets as they really controlled the full match from the get go.
UTSA were forced to return to the court right after their opening win but they showed no signs of fatigue as they really took it to PVAMU. UTSA opened the scoring thanks to a service error and quickly made it 9-2.
But from there UTSA kicked on and kept on the pressure and cruised to the big 25-13 win in the opening set. The second set continued, with UTSA even able to push the lead beyond ten and managed an identical scoreline.
The third sit was marginally tighter but the UTSA hitting percentage was over .600 again as they wrapped up the win 25-14. The wins really boosted the Roadrunners as they look to claim the CUSA regular season title again in 2015.