The Southwestern College volleyball team picked up a big 25-17, 25-23, 12-25, 25-22 KCAC victory Wednesday night against Sterling at Stewart Field House.
In a match that had major conference standings implications, the Lady Builders (17-10, 5-6 KCAC) came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set.
A 12-0 run halfway through the first set proved to be the difference.
Up 15-14, the Lady Warriors (14-19, 5-6) used a 7-3 run to appear to take momentum 22-17.
Following a service error from Sterling to cut the deficit to four, the Lady Builders rattled off six straight points off the serving hand of junior Kaila Harris, seven in total, for set point at 24-22. Harris finished the night with 24 assists and two aces.
Game three was all Sterling, turning a 4-4 tie into a lead as big as 13 to finish out the set.
The defense came through again in the fourth set. Seniors Emily White and Deardin Kelley were all over the court on the receiving side of Sterling attacks. White finished with a team-high 27 digs, while Kelley put up a career-best 26. The 26 digs in just four games was one more than her previous high of 25 recorded last year against Friends in a five-set match. Kelley also finished the match with eight kills.
The Lady Builders are in eighth place with one conference match remaining. Southwestern can finish as high as sixth pending a win Saturday at home against arch rival Friends, coupled with losses by Tabor (at Ottawa) and McPherson (at home against Oklahoma Wesleyan), along with other tiebreaking factors.
The Lady Builders can also end as low as 10th with a loss to Friends, combined with wins from Sterling and Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Saturday is Senior day at 3:30 p.m. at Stewart Field House.