YORK, Neb. — The Southwestern College volleyball team recorded its 12th consecutive victory Wednesday with a 25-20, 25-17, 27-29, 25-18 win at York to open KCAC play.
The Lady Builders (12-4, 1-0 KCAC) watched a nine-point lead evaporate in the first set when the Lady Panthers (3-16, 0-2) scored seven of the final 10 points.
The Lady Builders outhit York 17-12 in the set and had six more attacks.
It was a lot more of the same in the second set, mixed in with some solid Southwestern defense. The Lady Builders again put up five more kills than York, but this time total attacks were the same, although the Lady Panthers converted on just 4 percent of their attacks.
Senior Emily White finished the match with 25 digs, averaging just more than six per set. White remains one of the top dig-getters in the NAIA and sits second in the country at just less than seven per game. She also ranks fifth in total digs at 383.
The Lady Panthers avoided the sweep with overtime in the third set that saw 13 ties.
Southwestern turned a 2-1 fourth-set lead into 10-3 to regain control of the match.
Junior Kanami Ellis led the attack and finished the match with a career-high 15 kills. Senior Deardin Kelley finished with nine kills, and sophomore Kiralyah Jones chipped in with eight. Both Kelley and Jones were active on defense as well, combining for 25 digs.
The Lady Builders were set to conclude nonconference play Friday night against Randall in Moore, Okla. Southwestern defeated the Lady Saints 3-1 earlier this month at home.