The TWU volleyball team took a hard-fought loss Saturday afternoon, as the team fell to No. 6 West Texas A&M, 25-18, 18-25, 19-25, and 18-25, in Kitty Magee Arena. The Pioneers are now 10-3 on the season and 4-1 in the Lone Star Conference.
Junior Josie Santos notched her first double-double of the season, as she totaled 12 kills and 17 digs to lead four Pioneers in double-digit kills. Junior Chloe’ Tate posted 11 kills while senior Viktorija Jablonska and junior Marcela Alves had 10 each. Sophomore Morgan Wilson led the game with 28 digs and sophomore Kayla Rivero recorded a team-high 21 assists. Sophomore Hannah Marshall had 16 assists while Jablonska added 10 assists.
The Pioneers matched WTAMU in kills and digs as they recorded just one less kill (54-55) and five more digs (84-79). The difference in the game was attack errors where TWU had 10 more than the Lady Buffs (30-20).
“After the first set they took us out of game,” said TWU head coach Shelly Barberee. “I am not disappointed with the girls but I am disappointed in the outcome. We can beat this team but we need to play our game and cant’ let the other team dictate the tempo.”
In set one, the Pioneers fell behind early, 9-4, before scoring eight of the next 10 points to take a one-point lead. TWU built a three-point lead, 19-16, and didn’t let go, as the Pioneers won the set by seven points.
In the second both teams exchanged points early before West Texas A&M scored five straight points to take a 14-9 lead. The Lady Buffs closed out the set on a 6-2 run to tie the game at 1-1.
WTAMU jumped out to an early 10-6 lead in the third set and led 22-15 before the Pioneers put together a rally. TWU scored four of the next five points but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Buffs scored the final two points for a six-point win.
West Texas A&M came out aggressive in the four set and quickly grabbed a 10-2 lead. The Pioneers trailed by 10 points before going on 7-3 run to cut into WTAMU’s lead but the Lady Buffs carried their early momentum for a seven-point win.
The Pioneers will return to action when they travel to Abilene, Texas, to take on Abilene Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. TWU will play its next five games on the road.