ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' volleyball team won a crucial American Southwest Conference match at crosstown rival McMurry winning 25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 25-21 on Tuesday night at Kimbrell Arena.
Both teams came into the match needing a win in conference play after they both lost a pair of matches to Concordia and Mary Hardin-Baylor to open league play last weekend. With only three teams advancing to the conference tournament, the early-season match-up had huge postseason implications.
HSU responded with big runs to close out the first two games. The teams were tied at 15 in game one before the Cowgirls won eight of the final 10 points, including the last six to take the game.
In the second game, McMurry led 15-11 but the Cowgirls once again had the answer with four straight points to tie the match and eventually HSU pushed the run out to 10-3. HSU led 23-21 when Kailey Currington and Sarah Bennett had back-to-back kills to take control of the match.
McMurry came back and took the third game before the Cowgirls dominated the last game to take the match. HSU jumped out to a 13-5 lead and never let the War Hawks back in the game as Kaytlynn Lewis finished off the match with a kill.
HSU also had a strong defensive performance and Chloe Calhoun-Rivera and Karlie Knapek had 12 digs each and Mary Johnson added 10 digs. Johnson also had the serve working as she recorded four of the seven aces for the Cowgirls. Ashley Pierce ran the offense efficiently with 43 assists on the night.
Jordyn Burnell had 14 kills and 17 digs to pace McMurry.
HSU (4-6, 1-2 ASC) will head to LeTourneau for the first ASC Crossover this weekend. McMurry fell to 8-5 overall and 0-3 in ASC play.
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