RICHARDSON, Texas — The Southwestern University Pirates volleyball team lost its second match of the day, falling to the University of Texas-Dallas Comets in four sets (27-15; 20-25; 21-25; 20-25).
Both teams struggled with their efficiency in a hard-fought first set that featured seven tied scores and five lead changes with each hitting .000 for the set. Southwestern took advantage of 12 UT-Dallas attack errors to take the set. UT-Dallas rattled off three consecutive victories to take the match, finishing with a .179 hitting percentage.
"This team continues to use each point and match to learn how to see the game and respond to what we are seeing volleyball systems-wise," Head Coach Don Flora said. "Having teammates step up and take care of their teammate at key times continue to get stronger each match.
"We have identified how the day-to-day work and daily training pratice has meaning in each match. This is a sign of a quality team."
- Riley Brantley was the Pirates' most potent weapon, recording 10 kills on 30 attacks with one error for a .300 hitting percentage. She also led the team with five block assists for 12.5 points.
- Lauren Crabtree was the only other Pirate with double-digit kills, recording 11 on 41 attacks with nine errors.
- Katelyn Whitehead led the team in digs and assists, recording 37 and 18 while getting two kills.
With the loss, the Pirates fall to .500 at 4-4. For the second consecutive weekend, the Pirates swept the first day of a two-day event only to go winless in the second. Southwestern will return home next weekend for a match against Concordia Texas on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 2:00 p.m.