SHAWNEE- On Tuesday evening in Sumner Field House, the Cavaliers (9-5, 1-2 SAC) lost a tough, back-and-forth match against the Eagles of Southwestern Christian University (8-2, 2-1 SAC). The Eagles were able to win the first set 25-20, but the Cavs then came back to win the next two sets 25-19 and 25-19. SCU then closed out the match by winning the final two sets 25-19, and 15-12 in the final set.
Both teams had strong offensive performers in the match. Aliya Higginbotham led all players with 24 kills on 78 attempts, and she also added 25 digs. Cashlyn Munroe also had a "20-20" match, by recording 20 kills and 23 digs for the Eagles. Courtney Traylor recorded a match-high 33 assists, and Alexis Tamamasui also added 23 assists for SCU. Lakin Minahan recorded 21 digs and Liv Block recorded 20 digs.
Gabby Ware (JR/San Antonio, Texas) had her most impressive offensive performance of the season so far for the Cavs, by collecting 19 kills, and also adding 21 digs on defense. Krystal Lopez (JR/El Paso, Texas) put away 13 kills for the second straight match, and Courtney Murphy (SR/Tulsa, Okla.) also added 11 kills for the Cavaliers on offense. Sunny Clark (JR/Dublin, Texas) led St. Gregory's in assists (23) and in aces (4) in the match. Sarah Ahrens (JR/Wichita Falls, Texas) added 22 assists and 8 digs for SGU. Natasha Rodriguez (SR/Pecos, Texas) had a strong performance on defense by recording a match-high and a season-high, 26 digs. Kayley Davis (SO/Irving, Texas) collected 17 digs on defense and also served three aces.
The Cavaliers will be back in action on Tues., Sept. 19, when they take on Bacone College in Sumner Field House at 7 PM.