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Volleyball: Pioneers earn sweep at home

The TWU Pioneers posted a .364 hitting percentage and cruised to a 25-17, 25-19, 25-11 victory over visiting Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday night.

With the win the Pioneers improved to 19-6 on the season and 13-4 in the Lone Star Conference.

“We had a nice crowd and the girls put on a show for them,” TWU head coach Shelly Barberee said. “This is the best we played at home this season. All our hitters posted .200 or better hitting percentage, and overall we played a great game.”

Four players recorded seven kills or more, led by junior Marcela Alves with nine. Senior Viktorija Jablonska and junior Courtnee Davies had eight kills apiece, while junior Chloe’ Tate added seven. Sophomore setter Kayla Rivera assisted on 20 kills, while sophomore Morgan Wilson posted 14 digs. Freshman Torie Talkington also reached double digits in digs with 12.

The Pioneers had 40 kills on 88 attempts with only eight errors in the match. TWU also recorded eight service aces

and 13 total blocks. The Pioneers had only two receiving errors against A&M-Commerce, which came into the game leading the conference in service aces with 142.

The Pioneers will return to action when they play host to St. Edward’s on Thursday in their final nonconference game of the season. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Playing three games in a week is tough,” Barberee said. “We started off well and need to carry the momentum into the next two games.”