Dani Drews

Dani Drews registers first double-double in Team McClendon victory

Dani Drews © Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2022 / Credit: Jade Hewitt Media
Eric Rhew
Mar 18, 2022

DALLAS — Outside hitter Dani Drews registered her first double-double of the season as Team McClendon held off a late rally by Team Cruz to post a 71-68 victory in the opening match of Friday’s Athletes Unlimited Volleyball doubleheader at Fair Park Coliseum.

The win evened Team McClendon’s record to 1-1 in the opening week, while Team Cruz slipped to 0-2.

Drews, the first overall pick in the Week One draft, finished with 14 kills and 11 digs to lead Team McClendon to the victory. Outside hitter Leah Edmond added nine kills to go with eight kills and two blocks from middle blocker Jenna Rosenthal.

Outside hitter Aury Cruz anchored three players with double-digit kills in the loss for Team Cruz, authoring a double-double of 15 kills and 10 digs. Middle blocker Molly McCage and opposite hitter Falyn Fonoimoana each added 10 kills, while libero Morgan Hentz tallied a match-high 18 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Team McClendon held Team Cruz to a .046 hitting percentage en route to securing a 25-17 victory in the opening set. But, Team Cruz answered by posting a 25-22 verdict in the second set as opposite hitter Falyn Fonoimoana and middle blocker Molly McCage each tallied four kills to lead the charge. Team Cruz used seven kills from outside hitter Aury Cruz to claim a 26-24 verdict in the final set, but it was not enough to earn the match victory.

MATCH NOTES

  • Two of the first three matches have been decided by a three-point margin … Team Cruz has been involved in both contests after dropping a 77-74 verdict against Team Lowe on Wednesday night.

  • Cruz posted the 11th double-digit kill effort of her Athletes Unlimited career.

  • Drews and Cruz became the fifth and sixth players in the league to orchestrate a double-double through the first three matches this season.

  • Crews authored the first double-double of her Athletes Unlimited career … Drews had 50 double-doubles in her college career at Utah.

  • Cruz also tallied her second career double-double in the loss … She had 12 kills with 12 digs against Team Larson on Mar. 13, 2021.

  • Hentz posted her second straight match with 10 or more digs … The former Stanford star had 15 digs in her debut on Wednesday night.

  • Middle blocker Taylor Morgan matched her Athletes Unlimited career high with three blocks while contributing three kills and three digs in the victory.

  • McCage fashioned her sixth career double-digit kill effort after finishing with 10 kills in the loss.

MATCH MVPS

  • #1 – Dani Drews (Team McClendon, +60)
  • #2 – Morgan Hentz (Team Cruz, +40)
  • #3 – Jenna Rosenthal (Team McClendon, +20)

POINT-EARNERS

Team Cruz won two sets for 80 points. Despite only winning one set, Team McClendon won the overall match, 71-68, to earn 100 win points.

Dani Drews led the way for Team McClendon, tallying 315 points with 14 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Libero Morgan Hentz dug 18 balls for 230 points. Jenna Rosenthal earned 218 points behind eight kills, two blocks and two digs.

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