ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons’ volleyball team completed a regular season sweep of crosstown-rival McMurry with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 win in American Southwest Conference action at Kimbrell Arena on Wednesday night.
The first game was tied at 20 when the Cowgirls received back-to-back kills from seniors Kaela Parnell and Chelsie Fowler and two by Diona Massey to make it 24-22 and the game ended with back-to-back service errors.
In the second game, McMurry led 19-15, but three kills by Parnell and one by Massey fueled a 7-1 run by the Cowgirls, giving HSU a 22-20 lead. Parnell and Fowler closed out the game with kills to give HSU a 2-0 lead.
The game was tied at seven, but the Cowgirls rolled off nine straight points. Madison Reyes and Parnell each had a kill in the rally and Kayla Dotson had two aces. McMurry had three hitting errors, two ball-handling errors and a setting error in the run.
McMurry battled back to close it to 23-21, but an attack error by McMurry and a kill by Parnell closed out the match.
In her final career match against McMurry, Parnell led the Cowgirls with 12 kills. Reyes had 10 kills for HSU. Sam Lucien and Erin Davis had 19 and 16 assists respectively for the Cowgirls. Gracen Harris led the defense with 14 digs.
M.J. Vickers led McMurry with 10 kills and the Cowgirls limited All-American Terah Brown to seven kills in the match.
HSU is now 13-5 on the year and 10-2 in American Southwest Conference action. McMurry fell to 11-9 overall and 8-5 in league play. The two teams will co-host the ASC Crossover in Abilene. HSU will play Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday at 7 p.m.
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