Katy Ranes, Kerstin Jenkins and Caroline Noel had career matches Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena in a pair of nonconference contests for TWU. The Pioneers had a two-set advantage over Southeastern Oklahoma State fade in a five-set loss but beat Arkansas-Monticello to snap a five-match losing streak.
Ranes tossed out a career-high 58 assists and collected her sixth double-double of the season by adding 16 digs in the 15-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12 loss to the Savage Storm (10-17). Jenkins tied her best career outing with 17 kills, and Miri Shade notched her seventh double-double of the year with 13 kills and 11 digs.
Tied at 9 in Set 1, TWU (11-15) went on an 11-2 run capped by a solo block from Courtney Noel. A kill by Briley Cole-Lewis made it 21-14, and a Jenkins kill and Erin Jones ace increased the lead to 23-14 before a Jenkins kill sealed the win.
A kill by Shade broke a 7-all tie in Set 2 before a block by Cole-Lewis and Courtney Noel produced a 14-9 advantage. A kill by Caroline Noel and a pair of aces by Ranes put the Pioneers ahead 21-14, and TWU was able to close out the set on a kill by Cole-Lewis.
The Savage Storm jumped out front at 10-7 in the fifth set and held match point at 14-10, but a Southeastern attack error and Jenkins kill sliced the margin to 14-12. A final kill by the Savage Storm handed TWU its fifth consecutive loss.
Against Arkansas-Monticello (10-17), Makayla Mayfield posted her seventh double-double with a career-high 20 digs and a season-best 25 digs in a 25-22, 25-16, 23-25, 29-27 win. Caroline Noel tallied a career-best 14 kills.
The Pioneers turned a 14-all tie into a 22-16 lead in Set 1. A kill by Jenkins had TWU up 23-19, but two Pioneer errors and a Blossom kill had UAM within 23-22. The Blossoms served up an error for set point and failed on an attack for a 1-0 TWU match lead.
An ace by Jenkins gave TWU a 10-4 lead in Set 2, and Caroline Noel and Cole-Lewis went on a tear to combine for five kills and a block for a 22-12 lead. Back-to-back kills by Courtney Noel and Ranes gave the Pioneers another set victory.
Kills by Cole-Lewis and Mayfield tied Set 4 at 22, and TWU forced match point at 24-23 following a block by the same duo. A Pioneer attack error gave UAM an opportunity for the win at 26-25, and the Blossoms again had an opportunity at 27-26 on a kill. A Jenkins kill had TWU in position to finish off the match before Cole-Lewis found an opening on the floor for the Pioneer win.
"I am proud of our players for playing a tough doubleheader," TWU coach Jeff Huebner said. "We showed good poise and effort. Kerstin Jenkins had a good day with attacking in the first match and digging in the second. Our middles carried a huge load for us and really put some pressure on our opponents."
The Pioneers will host Midwestern State on Tuesday. The Halloween night match will include a costume contest, prizes and candy being handed out by TWU athletes. Admission will be free for those dressed in costume.