SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 26, 2017) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) volleyball team won a thrilling match this evening against NCAA D3 Southwestern University (SU). The Saints lost the first set and narrowly won the second one. The Pirates came back to take game three, and the Saints easily won the fourth game. The tiebreaker went down to the final two points to give the Saints the 3-2 win.
The Saints move to 8-5 overall, while Southwestern suffered only its second loss of the season that features 14 wins so far.
Set One – OLLU 18-SU 25
Set Two – OLLU 25-SU 23
Set Three – OLLU 25-SU 27
Set Four – OLLU 15-SU 16
Set Five – OLLU 18-SU 16
The Saints recorded the most kills (67), most assists (61) and most digs (75) this season against the Pirates. The match was also the first to go five sets for the Saints this season. They were led by Natalie Fazio (SO/Plano, Texas), who had a team-high 19 kills, and Anissa Tamez (FR/San Antonio, Texas), who had 33 assists.
On the Offense
Overall, the Saints had 67 kills for an overall hitting percentage of .234. The Pirates had 61 kills for a hitting percentage of .215.
SU's Piper Sisemore finished with 16 kills, and teammates Kate Mitchell had 14 and Jamison Duck had 10.
SU's Megan Grimes finished with 45 assists, and her team had a total of 47.
Raven Swain had a season-high 25 digs, followed by Marina Martinez (JR/McAllen, Texas), who had 21 for the Saints. Elizabeth Olivarez (FR/Edinburg, Texas) added 10 digs, as well. The Saints had a total of 75 digs.
SU's Brandi Campos contributed 23 digs, and teammate Jamison Duck added 18. Overall the team had 73 digs.
OLLU recorded 18 block assists, with Swain and Mariza Cardenas (JR/Brownsville, Texas) leading the way with five each. SU had a total of 18 block assists and two solo blocks. The team was led by Brittany Hohlt, who had five block assists and one solo block.
Serving it Up
Tamez and Martinez had two service aces each for the Saints. Piper Sisemore had two aces for SU.
The Saints will return to their conference schedule on the road. On Friday, they will be in Marshall, Texas, for a match against Wiley College at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, they will be in Houston for a match against the University of St. Thomas at 1 p.m.