November 11, 2011

Cowgirls Lose In NCAA First Round

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Hardin-Simmons saw its best volleyball season of the non-scholarship era come to a close with a 25-16, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18 loss to No. 1 seed and No. 12 ranked Colorado College on Friday afternoon at Gilbert Arena at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

"Hats off to Colorado College, they played a great game," said HSU head coach Sabrina Bingham. "I thought we came out nervous, but settled down and played really well in the second game. The third game could have gone either way and they won it and they played really well in the fourth game. 

"I am proud of my team, they came here expecting to win and they really played well against a very good Colorado College team. This loss doesn't diminish the great season we have had."

Like she has most of the year, junior outside hitter Madison Reyes led the team with 15 kills. She also had 10 digs and the Cowgirls had balance with Christine Sas having six kills and Belle Shave, Tori Martinez and Hannah Hornsby each having five kills. 

Ashley Babineaux had 25 digs and Sas added 15. Martinez had five blocks as the Cowgirls had nine team blocks. Kaitlin Mitchell, the team's lone senior, had 16 assists and seven digs in her final game as a Cowgirl.

The Cowgirls hit .052 in the match and Colorado College hit .194. CC was led by dynamic setter Amy Schornack, who had 36 assists, 12 kills and nine digs. She was effective with her dump game and attacking on the second hit. Meredith Ballard also had 12 kills for CC. Laura Goldsmith led the way with 14 digs.

CC came out strong and dominated the first game, but HSU quickly rebounded. The Cowgirls led 18-12 in the second game before CC rallied to tie it at 23-23. HSU scored the final two points of the game for the win. 

The third game was tight throughout and HSU led 17-15, but the veteran Tigers closed on a 10-3 run to claim the game and momentum. CC controlled the final game from the start.  

The Cowgirls end their season with a record of 29-6. Colorado College improved to 32-6 and will play Occidental in the next round.

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