NEVADA, Mo. — The Southwestern College volleyball team swept two matches last weekend to extend their win streak to seven, defeating Cottey College 3-2 before taking down Stephens 3-0.
The Lady Builders (7-4) were more than tested in the opening match, technically a 25-14, 26-28, 22-25, 25-22, 15-8 triumph against the Lady Comets of Cottey.
Cottey appeared to be running away with the fourth set, leading by as many as eight points. Trailing 20-14, the Lady Builders went on a huge run to get back in the set, sparked by the serving of junior Sydney Hancock, who reeled off two aces. Hancock also added 12 assists and six kills in the match.
Southwestern went on to take 11 of the next 13 points and force a final set. From there, the Lady Builders were too much, dominating the final frame to complete the comeback.
Four Southwestern players cracked double-digits in kills, with junior Lezlee Dixon leading the way with 14, followed by junior Kanami Ellis with 11.
Senior Emily White had quite an outing defensively, posting a KCAC season-high 44 digs, leapfrogging herself all the way to No. 1 in the in NAIA in digs per set. Freshman Jacquelyn Bogner added five aces, pushing her way to a tie at the top of the conference in total aces on the season.
The match against the Lady Stars turned out to be a bit more smooth sailing for the Lady Builders, who rolled 25-12, 25-15, 25-13.
Southwestern outhit the Lady Stars 33-18 in kills, despite seeing less total attacks. Defense was huge again, as White finished with nearly nine digs per set en route to 26 total. Ellis was the top kill-getter, posting nine, while junior Kaila Harris led the way with 10 assists.