KERRVILLE, Texas - Southwestern dropped the opening two matches before rallying back to force a fifth set before suffering a 3-2 loss to Trinity to open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Trinity had full control of the first set, hitting .308 while holding Southwestern to .143, to win 25-17. The Pirates made crucial adjustments and nearly saw the payoff immediately in the second set but committed too many hitting errors, hitting -.024 as a team, to fall 26-24.
SU righted the ship to eek-out the Tigers and stay alive with a 28-26 set three victory. The momentum continued into the fourth set as Southwestern tied the match 2-2 with a 25-21 win.
The lead seesawed back and forth as the fifth and final set got underway until Trinity took the lead, taking five of the next six points to lead 12-8. Southwestern rallied back to pull even 13-13 but TU took the final two points and the match.
Southwestern was led by Macey Pool who posted 15 kills while Meredith Rollins and Kaitlyn Foster both notched 13 with Rollins hitting a team high .303. Nikki Welch and Lacey Strickland split assists evenly and Foster led with 27 digs.
The loss drops SU to 8-5 on the year and start out 0-1 in conference play. They finish up the first Group A Divisional tomorrow, facing Texas Lutheran and Schreiner at 10:30 am and 5 pm.