Cowgirls Split at Trinity Invitational

Cowgirls Split at Trinity Invitational


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the Trinity Invitational on Saturday afternoon in San Antonio. 

Game 1

Southwestern 3, HSU 0

The Cowgirls put up a great effort in the first match against the No. 2 ranked team in the nation Southwestern before falling, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20.

The first game was tied at 20, before Southwestern scored three straight points to take a 23-20 and the Pirates held on for the set. In the second set, Southwestern used a 10-2 run midway through to take control. In the final game, HSU trailed 22-20 before the Pirates scored the final three points for the win.

Grace Schulz led the Cowgirls with eight kills and four blocks in the match. Leecia DePaula led the defense with 14 digs and Allison Kuster added 10 digs.

Game 2

HSU 3, Texas Lutheran 0

The Cowgirls avenged a loss earlier in the season to Texas Lutheran with a 32-30, 25-19, 25-23 win.

TLU took an early 5-0 lead in the first game, but the Cowgirls rallied to tie the score at 16. TLU then went on to take a 24-20 lead, but the Cowgirls came back and fought off four set points to tie it at 24 and eventually won 32-30.

HSU took control in game two with a 12-3 run to take a 18-9 lead and held on for the win. In the decisive third game, the teams went back and forth and TLU led 22-21, but HSU scored four of the final five points for the win.

Morgan Prince led the Cowgirls with 11 kills in the match and Kuster had a double-double with 10 kills and a team-best 13 digs. DePaula added 12 digs and Ashley Pierce had a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs.

HSU is now 4-9 on the year and will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts ASC West leader Concordia at 6 p.m. at the Mabee Complex.

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