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Volleyball: Pioneers top Midwestern at Kitty Magee

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Briley Cole-Lewis smashed a career-high 23 kills for TWU in a 26-24, 16-25, 25-20, 25-16 win against Midwestern State on Tuesday at Kitty Magee Arena.

Cole-Lewis eclipsed her career best of 16 kills with an impressive hitting percentage of .537 that included just a single error on 41 attempts. The 23 kills ranks as the third-highest output within the Lone Star Conference this season. Courtney Noel contributed a season-high 14 kills, and Katy Ranes tallied her eighth double-double on the year with 56 assists and 18 digs.

The Pioneers (12-15, 8-8 Lone Star) recorded season bests as well with 70 kills, a .310 hitting percentage and 64 assists.

Set 1 was the closest of the entire match with the squads being tied at 20, 21 and 22. Back-to-back kills by Makayla Mayfield made it 24-all, and Cole-Lewis delivered two more for the win.

The Mustangs (13-13, 6-10) took control of Set 2 with several runs to finish with a nine-point victory.

The Pioneers grabbed a 5-1 lead in Set 3 with help from Caroline Noel and Cole-Lewis at the net delivering kills and a block. Kills by Caroline Noel, Cole-Lewis and Courtney Noel handed TWU a 22-17 advantage before Cole-Lewis once again finalized the set with a kill.

A Mayfield kill broke open a 4-all tie in Set 4 to begin a 5-0 Pioneer run. Cole-Lewis put down a trio of kills for a 23-14 lead, and Caroline Noel concluded the match with a kill.

"Our team did a great job of playing with confidence and belief in the match," TWU coach Jeff Huebner said. "Our toughness is starting to be one of our defining characteristics, and tonight it showed. Briley made terrific decisions with the ball and being very intentional with every contact. Katy was terrific at the net playing a very physical match for us. Bailey French, Erin Jones, Courtney Noel and Caroline Noel continue to have terrific matches night after night."

The Pioneers travel to Eastern New Mexico for a 7 p.m. match Friday.