TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots posted perhaps their biggest win of the season
Friday evening, knocking-off the American Southwest Conference's only
unbeaten team with a 3-2 victory over Hardin-Simmons in the ASC Dig Pink
Volleyball Challenge at the HPC.
In the Patriots' early match, they lost a hard-fought, 3-1 contest to McMurry. The split moves
the Patriots’ record 14-7 on the season and 7-3 in ASC action.
The match against Hardin-Simmons was decided in the fifth set when UT Tyler pulled of a dramatic 19-17 win. After trailing several times by more than two
points, the Patriots were able to pull away with clutch defensive plays
and timely hitting.
UT Tyler won the first set, 25-19 finsihing with 16 kills and a .379
hitting percentage. Hardin-Simmons countered in set two, winning 25-23
in a close match which saw the Cowgirls finishing with 12 kills.
Sets three and four were back-and-forth affairs, with the Patriots
winning set three 25-18 and the Cowgirls winning set four, 25-18.
Danika Waldrep posted 21 kills and Stacey Wilson added 17 with a .394 hitting percentage. Emily Wood guided the defense with 37 digs.
The Patriots faced off against McMurry in their first match of the day,
but fell in four sets, 3-1. Waldrep led the Patriots with 12 kills while Wilson and Madison Kosir followed with 11 digs each.
Wood posted 23 digs in the match as UT Tyler recorded
The Patriots will be back in action at 12:30 on Saturday against Concordia, and they finish up the Dig Pink Crossover Challenge against Howard Payne at 5:30.