SEU volleyball senior breaks school record: most blocks in three-set match


Courtesy of St. Edward's Athletics Communication

Senior Mikayla Parker sets university record for blocks in a three-set match with 11 blocks.

The women’s volleyball team traveled to Lubbock Christian University earlier this month to continue Heartland Conference play. Senior middle blocker Mikayla Parker dominated in the close game and broke a school record for the number of blocks in a three-set match. With 11 blocks, 10 being assists and one solo, Parker had herself a historic night.

Although the team fell short to the Lubbock Christian University, Parker recounts the record-setting moment as a highlight of her athletic career and a goal that dates back to her first days at the university.

“I hoped and I definitely knew that if I worked hard, I could [break the record]. There was never a doubt in my mind that I couldn’t do it,” Parker said. “It feels amazing to look back and see your name printed along with all the other great people; people who date back to the 1990s and ‘80s. It’s amazing to say that you’re as good as them.”

Parker attributes her record-breaking performance to the hard work she has put in during the offseason.

“My major focus this off-season was to be faster, improve all around and just try to be the best that I can for the team,” Parker said. “I think it’s been a good season so far.”

As Parker’s days on the hilltop are numbered, she credits her success not only to her coaches, but the St. Edward’s community as well. She reminisces about the university being more than just a place where she has played volleyball; St. Edward’s gave her a family.

“Coach Holler has done great things for me all four years along with Coach Te’o. My teammates and I would not be able to do what I do without them. St.Ed’s has been a place that has helped me grow up both, academically and athletically,” Parker said. “Having the ability to call St.Ed’s a key place that shaped me into the person I am today is amazing.”

Even with her record-breaking performance, Parker said she is more concerned with the team’s play against Lubbock Christian. Despite the lose, the three sets were won by a three point margin. Therefore, Parker is not relishing on her personal achievements but rather has bigger goals in mind.

“It’s a good accomplishment but a team accomplishment would be so much more rewarding. I still want a conference ring,” Parker said. “I know we can do it. It’s a tangible goal with our group, team and coaches. We are so close and as soon as our team clicks, we can do it.”

The St. Edward’s volleyball team currently sits with a record of 12-10 and will host a conference rematch against Lubbock Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 18.