The MissouriSouthern volleyball team had its second-straight five set match, but couldn'tpull the win out, losing three sets to two tonight at home to SouthwestBaptist. Individual set scores were 26-28, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, and 5-15.
Southern(3-8, 0-3 MIAA) looked to have the first set in hand on multiple occasions lateas the Lions led at 23-22 forcing an SBU timeout, as well as leading again at24-23, 25-24 and 26-25, but a pair of points late by the Bearcats gave SBU theopening set.
SBU (8-4, 1-2MIAA) took a 7-5 lead in the second set and led again at 10-9, before a killfrom KrishnaMerriman tied the set at ten. Two more kills from Merriman gave the Lions a12-10 lead and Southern wouldn't look back.
The Bearcatstook a 7-6 lead in the third set and would lead from there on out to go up 2-1.The fourth set was all Lions as Southern took the opening five points andforced a Bearcat timeout. The lead would be 18-13, forcing another SBU timeoutand the Lions scored seven of the final 11 points to take the fourth set andforce the fifth and deciding set.
SBU led 8-2at the turn of the fifth set and wouldn't look back taking the finale,15-5.
KatiePolitte led the Lions with 19 kills and 13 digs. AbbyFinder dished out 50 assists, while both PaytonGraves and Merriman had 14 kills each. SydneyWheeler had 13 digs, while MikaylaAvery had a set-high 19 digs.
The match wastied 27 times and saw 14 lead changes.
Southern willbe back in action on Tuesday, October 1 as the Lions play host to CentralOklahoma at 6 pm in Young Gym.
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