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SWOSU Volleyball Takes Down Defending GAC Champs in Dramatic Fashion


October 7, 2018

WEATHERFORD, Okla. - SWOSU Volleyball hung on to defeat Arkansas Tech in five sets (25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 25-27, 15-11) on Saturday afternoon in Weatherford. The win allows the Bulldogs to remain atop the Great American Conference standings and pushes their win streak to four games.

The game nearly ended in the fourth set with the Bulldogs forcing match point, but Tech was able to escape out of the set with a victory to force an intense final frame. Despite the momentum shift, SWOSU weathered the storm and would go on to win the match in the fifth.

The Dawgs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match behind solid offense from Danusia Sipa Borgeaud and Elizabeth McVicker who combined for 13 of the team's 20 kills in the set. It was a back-and-forth opening frame, but SWOSU closed out Tech by scoring three-straight points with the set tied 22-22.

In the second set, the Golden Suns rebounded by taking control midway through and never relinquished the margin. Tied 9-9, Tech scored nine of the next 11 points to lead 18-11 and would go on to knot the match up with a 25-20 victory.

SWOSU responded in the third set by jumping out to a 13-4 lead and went on to handle Tech 25-17 to regain control of the match. It was the defense that stepped up in the third, holding the Golden Suns to a .171 hitting percentage in the frame.

With their backs against the wall, Arkansas Tech survived the fourth set with a 27-25 victory to push the match to a fifth and deciding final set. The Dawgs led 19-15 and had a chance to close the game out with set and match point at 24-23, but the Golden Suns found a way to sneak out the fourth set.

The fifth set saw the Bulldogs fall behind 5-1early, before storming back to claim the 15-11 victory. Both teams struggled to find the floor on offense, but kills from Sofia Gruden, Jenny Tackett, and Sipa Borgeaud helped closed out the match.

SWOSU ended the afternoon with a .239 team hitting percentage, compared to Tech's .209. Both teams totaled seven blocks collectively, but SWOSU (20) committed six less errors than Tech (26).

McVicker led the attack at the net with 19 kills on an efficient .486 hitting percentage and added three solo blocks and three service aces to her stat sheet. Sipa Borgeaud was next offensively with 15 kills, followed by Gruden with 11 as the only other player in double digits.

Allie Hoang led the way on defense with 28 digs and assisted on 45 points for the Dawgs at her setter position, while Kaitlyn Dillon tallied 24 digs.

"I'm very proud of our players for the way that they attacked this weekend against well-coached, talented teams," SWOSU Head Coach Josh Collins said. "We played as a family in both matches and showed a sense of belief that will make us tough to beat. Now we need to pack it all up and take it on the road with us for another big weekend ahead."

SWOSU (15-4, 8-1 GAC) will now face a challenging road trip to Arkadelphia, Arkansas next weekend to take on Henderson State and Ouachita. Both teams sit in the top half of the conference standings and HSU is currently tied with the Bulldogs for first place in the league.


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