Lady Builders fall to Oklahoma Wesleyan in five-set marathon

Southwestern College junior middle hitter Alyxandra Blaker gets an attack over the front-row block Wednesday night against Oklahoma Wesleyan at Stewart Field House.

The Southwestern College volleyball team lost a five-set 25-18, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12 marathon Wednesday night to Oklahoma Wesleyan in a KCAC thriller at Stewart Field House.

The Lady Builders (15-8, 3-4 KCAC) dropped their third straight match.

Oklahoma Wesleyan jumped out to a hot start, outhitting the Lady Builders 14-9 in just as many attacks.

Southwestern answered in sets two and three.

The Lady Builders committed just four errors in the second set.

Tied 17-17, Southwestern broke it open following a service error by the Lady Eagles (16-10, 3-4) and closed out the game on an 8-4 run.

Set three was not as close as the final score indicated. The Lady Builders dominated, outhitting OWU and also committing fewer errors.

Senior libero Emily White finished the match with 36 digs. White entered the match in the top five in the NAIA with a 6.5 dig-per-set mark. Senior Deardin Kelley added 21 digs, 11 kills and four aces.

After a back-and-forth fourth set, the Lady Eagles converted 25 percent of their attacks to force the fifth set.

Kelley got things going at serve for the Lady Builders to start the deciding set, starting a 3-0 run. OWU tied it, and each team traded points to 11-11.

With four points to go, a questionable call on an OWU attack went in favor of the Lady Eagles, giving them the go-ahead point.

Southwestern tied it again, but the Lady Eagles took the final three points to escape with the win.

The Lady Builders travel to Salina to take on Kansas Wesleyan at 7 p.m. today.

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