Volleyball: TWU splits another pair

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TWU split its two matches on the second day of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Classic, sweeping Southeastern Oklahoma State and falling to Texas A&M-International in five sets Saturday.

TWU - 2-2 in the tourney - posted a season-high .328 hitting percentage and cruised to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 win against the Savage Storm. Junior Viktorija Jablonska led the Pioneers with 11 kills, while senior Katelyn Osborn and sophomore Chloe' Tate each had 10 kills.

Against Texas A&M-International, the Pioneers captured the first two sets, 25-20, 25-23, before dropping the next three, 25-22, 25-17, 15-12. Jablonska once again led the team with 18 kills while Tate and Osborne added 12 and 11, respectively. Junior Andrea Rivera-Rojas reached double digits with 13 kills and 18 digs.

Freshman Hannah Marshall finished the day with 60 assists and 20 digs in the two matches while freshman Kayla Rivero had 38 assists and 20 digs. Freshman Morgan Wilson recorded 34 digs, including 24 against TAMI.

"Overall we played well today, especially against Southeastern Oklahoma," TWU head coach Shelly Barberee said. "We struggled with our hitting in the fourth set against Texas A&M-International. Other than that, our hitting percentage is good and we hit over .200 in six of the eight sets. I am happy the way we are playing and it will help us with our second part of the conference schedule."

Jablonska was named to the all-tournament team after posting 50 kills in four matches. She was joined by Andrea Marshall from A&M-International, Lunden Azuara from Southeastern Oklahoma, Tahler Johnston from Missouri Western, Laura Farney from Arkansas Tech, Morgan Banner from Arkansas-Fort Smith, Jordan Neal from

Texas A&M-Commerce and Christina Jacinto from Arkansas-Monticello.

The Pioneers will return to action when they  host Tarleton State on Tuesday at Kitty Magee Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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