The No. 2 University of Texas at Brownsville Ocelots women's volleyball beat the No. 1 Concordia Eagles in straight sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 Saturday at Manuel Garza Gym in the final game of the Final Four Showdown.
UTB used a balanced explosive game plan to keep the Eagles on their toes for most of the night, and aside from the first set, where both teams changed leads a number of times, it was pretty evident who currently is the best team in the country.
"I thought we did a great job of doing the things we set out to do today. We did a much better of of minimizing our errors. We passed really well and were able to stay in system." CoachTodd Lowery said.
For the second straight night the Manuel Garza B. gym was rocking with a standing room only crowd of approximately 700 fans.
"It was nice to have such a great crowd out supporting this team." Lowery said. "We need to use this and continue to improve the second half of the season.
All-American Danica Markovic who seemed to have saved her best performance of the weekend for tonight led UTB with 14 kills on only 1 attack error, 7 digs, and 2 blocks.
Annelies Dokter, Michelle Marques, and Vanja Joksic ended the game with 10, 9, and 8 kills respectively with Joksic chipping in 3 blocks. Heather Meeuwsen finished the night with 16 hard fought digs and setter Xiaoyu Guo put up 39 assists.
With the win, UTB moves to 21-0 overall on the season and the win snaps the Eagles 54-match win streak that dates back to 2011 NAIA National Championship final against UTB.
Concordia had a hitting percentage of .419 in the first set and steadily dropped off as the game went on with a .205 hitting percentage in set two and a percentage of .048 in the third and final set.
"I don't think we saw the best Concordia has to offer. We will need to be better the next time we face them." Lowery said.
The Ocelots finished the three-day event undefeated knocking off No. 22 Columbia on Thursday, No. 3 Biola on Friday, and the Eagles tonight.
UTB is in action again on October 25 when they travel to participate in the Boneyard Brawl hosted by Georgtown College at 11:00 a.m. where they will take on No. 12 Embry-Riddle in Georgetown, Kentucky.