UAM Volleyball Rallies Back For 5-set Win At SWOSU

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WEATHERFORD, Oklahoma – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s volleyball team fought back from down two sets to one to defeat Southwestern Oklahoma State in five sets on the road Saturday morning.

tv Sports reflection 10dbUAM plays again Saturday evening in Lawton, Oklahoma against Cameron University. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

Final game scores in the win over SWOSU were 18-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-16 and15-7. The Blossoms improve to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the GAC, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-9 overall and 3-4 in the GAC.

The Bulldogs began building their lead midway through the first set and never allowed UAM to score more than two points in a row to start the match on top.

In the second set, which needed 12 combined extra points to decide a winner, the Blossoms used five straight points after being down 23-18, to take their first lead of the frame at 24-23. From that point each team exchanged two-point rallies until UAM got a sideout on a kill from sophomore Brittney Beckham at 31-30 and used a block assist from junior Kyra Austin and senior Tasha Evans to end the lengthened set.

SWOSU got back on top in the third set with a late rally, outscoring UAM 8-1 in the final nine rallies. The tables turned in the fourth set. The Blossoms rallied for eight straight points to close out the frame and force a fifth and deciding set.

UAM benefited from five SWOSU attack errors and four blocks in the fifth set to seal the match victory.

Senior Jessica Cuba paced UAM’s defense with a career-high 31 digs. Junior Lani Kaiwi added 11 digs and a career-high five service aces.

Offensively, Kyra Austin led the Blossoms with 11 kills and also added six total blocks. Evans and junior Bianca Brown each had nine kills in the victory. Evans had seven block assists, while Austin added four. As a team, UAM totaled 12 blocks in the win.

Junior Kaila Kikugawa aided the offensive attack with 33 assists, her second match of the season with at least 30.

SWOSU’s Brandy Mader led the match with 15 kills. Joey Collins and Carly Zak followed with 14 and 13 kills, respectively.

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