Savage Storm Squeaks By UAM In Five Sets

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MONTICELLO – It took a fifth set and four extra points in that fifth set for Southeastern Oklahoma State to defeat the University of Arkansas-Monticello’s volleyball team inside Steelman Field House Saturday Sports reflection 10db

Final game scores were 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 25-15 and 17-19. The Blossoms fall to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in Great American Conference matches, while Southeastern improves to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the GAC.

Facing elimination down two sets to one, the Blossoms put together their best numbers of the match with a .267 percentage and a dominant 10-point victory to force a deciding fifth set. UAM posted 16 kills and only four errors in thefourth set, and ran out to an 8-1 lead early in the frame. Senior Tasha Evans was dominant at the net in the fourth frame with four kills and no errors. Sophomore Kedra Johnson also posted four kills in that set.

UAM fought back from a 14-12 deficit in the fifth set to force extra rallies. UAM held match point twice at 16-15 on a Southeastern attack error and again at 17-16 on a kill from Evans. The Savage Storm rallied for three straight points to seal the win, including two kills from Megan Kunkel.

The Blossoms posted .205 hitting percentages in each of the first two sets,including 15 kills in the opening frame three-point win. Overall for the match, UAM had 63 kills and 32 errors on 214 attempts for a .145 percentage. Southeastern ended the match at .125 with 59 kills and 33 errors on 208 attempts.

UAM had four players with double-digit kills in the loss, led by Johnson and Evans at 12 kills each. Senior Jessica Cuba added a double-double of 11 kills and 22 digs. Junior Sydni Schulz also notched a double-double with 10 kills and 19 digs.

Junior Kaila Kikugawa turned in her sixth double-double of the season with 18 assists and 16 digs. Sophomore Brittney Beckham led the Blossoms in assistswith 25 and added 13 digs for her first double-double of the season.

Southeastern’s Emily Gentle led all players with 16 kills. Ariel Sanders added 13 kills for the Savage Storm.

The Blossoms are back in action Tuesday, September 30 at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at Steelman Field House.


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