GEORGETOWN, Texas – SU's never-say-die attitude fueled the Pirates to a 3-1 win over Austin College to open SCAC conference action on Friday night.
A well-placed timeout allowed the 'Roos to regroup and pull within six, 16-10, but that is as close as the Pirates would allow as they closed out the set 25-19 thanks in large part to a great hustle play by Chandler Lentz.
The second set got underway and was a seesaw battle through the first 16 points, deadlocked 8-8. AC took advantage of an SU hitting error and got an ace on a short serve from Rachel Fusselman to lead 10-8, but a long rally sparked a Pirate comeback to push Southwestern into the lead 11-10.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Austin College came bounding back and was the first to 15 and then took a four-point lead 16-14, forcing Southwestern into a timeout. SU wasn't able to break the 'Roos' run, however, and dropped the second set 25-20.
Southwestern was unstoppable in the fourth set, using a long rally in the middle of the set to close out the match with a 25-13 set win.
The Pirates improve to 9-4 on the season and start 1-0 in conference play. They face Centenary at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow and close the Divisional with Dallas at 3 p.m.