RICHARDSON, Texas — The Southwestern University Pirates volleyball team lost to the Aurora Spartans in four sets, featuring a back-and-forth final set that featured seven ties and two lead changes, dropping the set 27-25.
Southwestern opened the match with a decisive 25-18 victory in the first set, hitting a match-high .282, but lost 25-14 and 25-21 in the next two sets. Seven attack errors doomed the Pirates in the final set, dropping the team to 4-3 on the season.
Southwestern had no answer for Aurora's Sydnei Avery, who posted a match-high 22 kills on a .267 hitting percentage with two block assists. Teammate Imani Freeman also finished in double figures with 16 kills.
Ellen McGown and Riley Brantley each finished with 13 kills. McGown hit .256 for the match, adding nine digs.
The Pirates close their participation in the UT-Dallas Invitational with a match against UT-Dallas. Southwestern will return home next weekend for a match against Concordia Texas on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 2:00 p.m.