Volleyball drops tough five-setter at Drury

Springfield, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team lost a tough five set match tonight at Drury by the score of three sets to two. Individual set scores were 25-27, 25-23, 15-27, 29-27 and 13-15. 

The Lions (3-7) were led offensively by Katie Politte as the junior had a double-double with 23 kills and 12 digs, while hitting .295 in the match. Abby Finder dished out 53 assists and added 12 digs of her own to score a double-double, while Callie Whetstone had 16 kills and hit .370. Payton Graves and Krishna Merriman both had 11 kills, while Sydney Wheeler and Danielle Severns had nine and eight digs, respectively. 

Drury (6-6) had three with double-figure kills, led by 16 from Sara Borneman. Brooke Antenen had 48 assists, while Brooke Foster had 19 digs. 

In a match that saw 40 tied scores and 15 lead changes, neither team won two sets in a row. The Lions raced out to a 6-1 lead in the first set, but Drury would fight back to tie the set at 13 and lead 16-13, forcing a Southern timeout. The Lions tied the set at 21 and again at 22, before the Panthers scored two straight to force set point and another Lions' timeout. The set was again tied at 24 and 25, but Drury scored the final two points to take the set. 

Both teams traded points in the second set, with Drury leading by four (16-12) midway through the set. The Panthers led again by four (21-17), forcing a Southern timeout, and the Lions would respond. Southern scored eight of the final nine points in the set to win. 

The fourth set was all Drury as the Panthers won 25-15, never trailing in the set. Both teams traded points in the fourth set, before the Lions scored two points on Drury errors to win 29-27. Southern led 13-9 in the fifth set, but the Panthers scored six points in a row to take the match. 

The Lions hit .224 in the match and had nine total team blocks. Southern will be back in action this Friday evening as the Lions play host to Southwest Baptist at 7 pm in Young Gym.