Women’s Volleyball Concludes Landmark Season
One of the best seasons in Missouri Baptist women’s volleyball program history came to close tonight, as the Spartans fell to Texas at Brownsville, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18). Missouri Baptist ended the season at 38-4 with the loss in the National Championship Quarterfinals.
Missouri Baptist hit just .136 in the contest, posting 32 kills and 18 errors on 103 swings. The Ocelots hit an impressive .368 after 48 kills and 13 errors on 95 swings.
Sophomore Mallory Dillon led the Spartans with 15 kills on 35 swings, posting a .171 attack percentage. She added seven digs over the three sets.
Junior Hannah Carey, fresh off a 25-kill performance earlier in the day, finished with 10 kills and just one error on 24 swings.
Junior Ally Krus led Missouri Baptist with 30 assists in the contest, while adding two digs and one block assist.
In the first set, the Ocelots jumped out to a 10-4 lead and extended the lead at 16-6. Missouri Baptist used a 3-0 run to cut the deficit to 16-9, but Texas at Brownsville extended the lead once again to 20-12.
Hannah Carey slammed a kill to cut the deficit to 20-13, but the Spartans would not get any closer as the Ocelots won the set, 25-14.
Missouri Baptist hit just -0.029 in the set, posting eight kills and nine errors on 35 swings. Texas at Brownsville hit .250 in the set, with 13 kills and five errors on 32 swings.
Mallory Dillon blasted two kills to start the second set, which gave MBU its first lead of the match at 2-1, but the Ocelots quickly reversed the score with an 8-4 run.
After Missouri Baptist cut the deficit to just 10-9, Texas at Brownsville sprinted to a 9-1 run to take a 19-10 lead.
The Spartans were able to go on an 8-5 run, but the Ocelots got the final point they needed by posting the set-ending kill. Texas at Brownsville won the set, 25-18.
Missouri Baptist hit a match-high .387 in the set, posting 14 kills and just two errors on 31 swings. Texas at Brownsville was nearly unstoppable, hitting an eye-popping .563. The Ocelots recorded 21 kills and three errors on 32 swings.
The third set was much more even, as the Spartans and Ocelots battled close in the early going. Missouri Baptist trailed 5-4 after a set error on the Ocelots, but UTB went on a 10-3 run to take a commanding 15-7 lead.
Four straight points by the Spartans, including back-to-back rifles from Mallory Dillon shrunk the deficit to 15-11.
Texas at Brownsville answered with a 7-2 run, which expanded the lead to 22-13.
The Spartans used a 5-2 run to cut the deficit to 24-18, but the Ocelots were able to get the match-ending point.
Although the season ended in the National Championship Quarterfinals, the Spartans had plenty of highlights during the season.
Four Spartans were named First Team All-AMC members, including Libero of the Year, Haley Pouliezos. Junior Ally Krus was named National Player of the Week during the season, and the Spartans were honored with several AMC Players of the Week. MBU also went 11-1 in conference play, and lost in the AMC Tournament Championship match.