BROWNWOOD, Texas - On Tuesday night, Southwestern traveled to Howard Payne and despite a slow start to the match easily defeated the Yellow Jackets 3-0.
Southwestern dominated the hitting percentage in the first match with a .250 while holding HPU to .143, but were still challenged in the match, winning 25-22.
The Pirates turned things around in the second set and cruised the rest of the way, winning 25-17 in the final two matches.
The Yellow Jackets hit just .143 for the match while SU was at .240. Rachel Thibodeau couldn't be stopped as she recorded team highs in kills and attack percentage, posting 16 kills with a .412 attack percentage. She was also third on the team in digs with 10. Meredith Rollins posted a season high 12 digs in the win, second most on the team, while Kaitlyn Foster led SU in that category with 14. Olivia Drummond was second in kills with nine and led the Pirates with three blocks, all assisted. Chandler Lentz continued her strong serving, recording a team high three aces.
HPU's Taylor Jordan led the Yellow Jackets with 11 kills and Shelby Bridges posted 11 digs.
Southwestern has the weekend off and will return to action on October 3 as they travel to St. Edward's University. Game time is set for 7 p.m.