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TWU volleyball win streak now at five after sweep of UT-Permian Basin

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ODESSA — Miri Shade of Texas Woman's University collected her third double-double of the season with a game-high 11 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 win over UT Permian Basin to push the Pioneer win streak to five Friday night inside UTPB Gym.

Courtney Noel also totaled 11 kills, Katy Ranes handed out a game-high 37 assists, and Bailey French tallied a game-high 15 digs. As a team, the Pioneers (8-9, 5-3 LSC) recorded a season-high attack percentage of .290.

A kill by Caroline Noel began the match and another by Courtney Noel handed the Pioneers a 7-4 advantage. At 14-10 in favor of TWU, a kill by Briley Cole-Lewis and solo block by Courtney Noel started a 6-1 run capped by a Courtney Noel kill to put the Pioneers up 20-11. A TWU ball handling error lessened the deficit to 22-17, but final kills by Cole-Lewis and Caroline Noel put the Pioneers up 1-0 in the match.

The Falcons earned an early 4-2 lead in set two and held onto a 7-6 advantage until a kill by Makayla Mayfield and a pair of UTPB errors. A kill by Ranes put the Pioneers up 19-13, and Miri Shade added a kill for a 23-16 edge. Caroline Noel and Cole-Lewis teamed up for a block, and a bad set by the Falcons concluded the set.

TWU quickly turned around a 3-0 deficit in set three. Consecutive kills by Courtney Noel and Shade gave the Pioneers a 13-7 lead before back-to-back UTPB kills lessened the gap to 15-10. A pair of kills by Cole-Lewis and four Falcon errors then extended the lead to 20-10. Ranes served up an ace, while Kerstin Jenkins, Bailey French and Mayfield put down the final points for the TWU sweep.

Head Coach Jeff Huebner said, "Terrific match tonight from our players on the road. We saw great poise form our team. Courtney continues to grow her attacking every week, and Katy continues to lead our conference as one of the best setters in the LSC."

The Pioneers head to West Texas A&M for a 1 p.m. match Saturday.