SHREVEPORT, La. – The Southwestern University Pirates volleyball team opened Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play with a victory over the Schreiner University Mountaineers in four sets (25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17).
Three different Pirates finished with double-digit kills and Southwestern hit .250 as a team to overwhelm the Mountaineers, finishing with its second most efficient performance of the season.
- First year middle blocker Riley Brantley continued her stellar play of late, leading the Pirates with 14 kills on a .393 clip while contributing two block assists and one solo block for 18 points.
- Emma White finished with a double-double, posting a career-high 13 kills on 35 attacks for a .286 hitting percentage and tied her career-high with 12 digs and four assists.
- The Southwestern defense stepped up against Schreiner outside hitter Kayla Lofland, limiting the SCAC leader in kills per set under double digits for the first time this season.
- Lauren Crabtree also had 13 kills to go with nine digs and a team-high four aces.
- The serve was a weapon for Southwestern with 13 aces, keeping the Mountaineers off balance.
- Ali Grona led the team in digs with 19 and Katelyn Whitehead had 43 assists and 12 digs.
With the win, the Pirates improved to 7-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.