ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' volleyball team swept the season series from crosstown rival McMurry with a 25-16, 25-17, 28-26, 25-15 win at the Mabee Complex on Tuesday evening.
Much like in the previous meeting this season the two teams were close in the first of the games and then the Cowgirls found momentum in the middle of the game to take control. HSU pushed a 12-10 lead out to 19-13 in game one and then won six of the last seven points to close it out on back-to-back kills by Kailey Currington.
McMurry had a 15-13 lead in the second game and then the Cowgirls rolled off nine straight points. Senior Kaytlynn Lewis had three of the kills in the run. In the third game, the Cowgirls were ahead 24-22 but the War Hawks battled and ended up winning the set 28-26.
It didn't matter as the Cowgirls came out and dominated the final game to secure the sweep and more importantly go ahead of the War Hawks by essentially two games in the ASC West standings. Only three teams make the postseason ASC tournament and the two went into the match tied for third.
The Cowgirls were efficient in their attack all night long and hit .263 for the match. Freshman Triniti Anderson led the Cowgirls with 17 kills in the match and she hit .394. Lewis added 12 kills and Hannah Langerman, Sarah Bennett and Currington added six kills each.
The defense was balanced as well as five players had seven or more digs. Mary Johnson led the way with 19 digs and Ashley Pierce added 12 digs and also had 43 assists in the match. Karlie Knapek had five of the seven HSU service aces.
Jordyn Burnell and Justice McGowan had 11 kills each to pace McMurry.
HSU is now 7-8 on the year and 4-4 in American Southwest Conference action. McMurry fell to 12-7 overall and 3-5 in league play. The Cowgirls are off until next weekend when they play in the ASC Crossover Tournament at McMurry.
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