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Northwestern falls in close match with Southeastern


September 23, 2018

Northwestern Oklahoma State University volleyball battled hard Friday night in Durant, but could not pull off the win against Southeastern Oklahoma University (6-11, 2-3 GAC) losing in the fifth set (18-25, 25-11, 19-25, 25-17, 9-15).

In the first set the Lady Rangers fell behind the Savage Storm early. After an 0-8 run to start the set, the Storm controlled the lead the whole set. Savage Storm ran away with Set 1, winning 18-25.

Going into the second set, Northwestern looked like a whole different team and came out with a vengeance, 14-7.

Northwestern hit at a .346 percentage and held Southeastern to a minimal .029 hitting percentage. The Black and Red took care of business in the second set, holding the Savage Storm to 11 points, running off with the set and tying up the match.

In the third set the Lady Rangers and the Savage Storm battled, but the Savage Storm had control of the lead most of the set. A late 7-point run from the Black and Red got the Rangers within three points. Senior Hannah Williams posted seven kills, yet it was not enough to win the set as Northwestern fell in Set 3, 19-25.

Northwestern dominated in the fourth set, which led to a 2-2 tie in the match. In the fourth set, the Savage Storm had eight attack errors that helped the Lady Rangers gain a slight advantage and guide them to a smooth set win, 25-17.

Going into the final set of the match, the Lady Rangers were not able to cap off a win, as Southeastern hit a .500 clip giving them the edge in the fifth set. Northwestern fell 9-15.

Copperas Cove native Jennifer Eubanks had a team high 16 kills in the match and Hannah Williams followed up with 15 of her own. Sophomore setter Kaitlyn Robinson chipped in 28 assists as well.

Lady Rangers Fall to Chaparrals in Three

Playing in Lubbock, Texas, Northwestern Oklahoma State University volleyball took a hard-fought loss to the Chaparrals of Lubbock Christian University, 0-3 [17-25, 15-25, 23-25] on Saturday.

In the first set the Chaparrals held the Lady Rangers to a .077 hitting percentage that would not give them a good fighting chance to contend for a set win. After a 2-7 run by Lubbock Christian, the Rangers had a tough time to get within striking distance, and lost 17-25.

After a back-and-forth battle early in Set 2, Northwestern and Lubbock were tied at 8-8 when the Chaparrals went on a 2-11 run to give them a commanding lead and run away with the second set, 15-25.

In what would be the final set of the match the Lady Rangers gave a valiant last effort, coming back from a seven-point deficit and go on a 9-2 run to tie the set up at 23-23. Hannah Williams led the set with a team-high six kills in the set, but it was not enough to give the Lady Rangers a win; they lost in a close fight 23-25.

Hannah Williams led the team with nine kills as Kiauna Clark and Kaydee Honeycutt followed up with seven kills of their own.

Northwestern will continue their road trip and travel to Monticello, Arkansas, where they would take on the University of Arkansas-Monticello Blossoms (2-17, 0-5 GAC) Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m.


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