DALLAS — Team Lowe earned the first win of the 2022 Athletes Unlimited Volleyball season after defeating Team Cruz, 77-74, on Wednesday evening. Team Lowe secured a 27-25 win in the first set before Team Cruz countered with a 27-25 triumph in the second set. Team Lowe claimed the match victory with a 25-22 verdict in the final set.
- Team Lowe opposite Karsta Lowe led all athletes with 22 kills on 56 attempts … It marked the third 20-kill performance of her Athletes Unlimited Volleyball career.
- Team Lowe setter Carli Lloyd and Team Cruz opposite Falyn Fonoimoana recorded the first double-doubles of the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball season … Lloyd tallied 40 assists and added 13 digs, while Fonoimoana chipped in 12 kills and 15 digs.
- Outside hitter Aury Cruz registered 14 digs in the loss for Team Cruz, setting a personal Athletes Unlimited career high … It is the third time Cruz has authored 10 or more digs in a match in her AU career … Cruz also added eight kills in the loss.
- Libero Amanda Benson tallied 19 digs in her Athletes Unlimited Volleyball debut.
- Team Cruz middle blocker Ali Bastianelli garnered a match-high three blocks in a losing effort.
- Team Cruz setter Nootsara Tomkom had 38 assists in the loss while adding eight digs.
- Team Lowe outside hitter Lindsay Stalzer contributed seven kills and nine digs in the victory.
- #1 – Karsta Lowe (Team Lowe, +60)
- #2 – Carli Lloyd (Team Lowe, +40)
- #3 – Molly McCage (Team Cruz, +20)
Captain Karsta Lowe tallied 347 points on the evening, while teammate Carli Lloyd banked 297 of her own. Team Lowe earned 140 win points for two set wins and the overall match. Molly McCage picked up 153 points from Team Cruz, including 40 win points from a second set win.
Sashel Palacios embraces her body and Mexican heritage on the diamond
Bald and Bold: Deja McClendon finds confidence after struggle with alopecia
Get in the Game
Join The Unlimited Club to unlock benefits for every Athletes Unlimited season by downloading the official Athletes Unlimited App.
- Exclusive Pre-Sale Window
- Access to the Athletes Unlimited App and Fan Leaderboard
- Receive Special Member Giveaways
- Newsletter -- the best way to stay up to date with the latest Athletes Unlimited news
- Unlimited Pick athlete news & access
Rookie benefits, plus:
- Founding Member Designation
- Contribute 10% to the Athlete Bonus Pool
- Club Vote: Vote on Game MVPs, GEICO Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year & more
- Early Access to Tickets
- Exclusive end of season auction with game-used items with 90% of funds going to the Athlete Causes program and 10% going to the Player Bonus Pool
MVP benefits, plus:
- Access to Ticket Concierge
- Athlete-used item contest*
- On-site Meet & Greets with athletes
- Preferred Parking**
- Player-only item, such as a backpack or hat
- Unlimited Pick: Signed Item***
- *More details to come
- **When available
- ***Once per year, only for Captain members