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Women's volleyball: TWU streak ends at hands of Lady Buffs

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CANYON -- Miri Shade posted a match-high 11 kills and 12 digs in her second consecutive double-double for TWU, but West Texas A&M snapped a five-game Pioneer win streak with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 sweep at the Box on Saturday.

TWU (9-10, 6-4 Lone Star) recorded a .180 attack percentage compared with .274 by the Lady Buffs (12-9, 6-5). The Pioneers' Katy Ranes tossed out a match-high 36 assists, and Makayla Mayfield registered a match-high 14 digs.

In Set 1, Briley Cole-Lewis gave the Pioneers a 13-12 edge on a kill, and a West Texas attack error put TWU up by two. Five straight Lady Buff points flipped the lead before a Shade kill had the Pioneers within 21-20. Kills by Courtney Noel and Caroline Noel kept TWU within a single point, but West Texas put down a kill and a block to secure the win.

A kill by Mayfield put the Pioneers up 3-2, but that ended up being the last TWU lead in Set 2. The Lady Buffs led 12-6 following a Pioneer service error and remained ahead at 16-10. A Mayfield kill lessened the deficit to 18-16, and TWU was within a pair at 23-21, but a block and kill by West Texas ended the set.

The Pioneers fell behind 9-5 in Set 3 but went on a tear during a 9-2 run that included kills from Kerstin Jenkins, Shade, Ranes and Caroline Noel. The Lady Buffs wasted little time making a comeback and quickly tied the set at 15. A final 10-4 run by the Lady Buffs ended the match.

"Today was a tough go for our players," TWU coach Jeff Huebner said. "We struggled a bit in serve-receive and some execution pieces, but Caroline Noel was a real bright spot for us. We are looking forward to a great environment for Dig Pink on Tuesday."

The Pioneers will host Cameron at 7 p.m. Tuesday for their annual breast cancer awareness match.