Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team dropped a close four-set contest today to visiting Lindenwood University, three sets to one. Individual set scores were 22-25, 27-25, 25-27 and 25-17.
Southern (3-11, 0-6 MIAA) was led offensively by Katie Politte as the junior had 19 kills and ten digs for a double-double. Krishna Merriman added 13 kills, while Abby Finder dished out 39 assists. Mikayla Avery had a team-high 13 digs, while Payton Graves had seven blocks and nine kills.
Lindenwood (5-11, 2-3 MIAA) was led by 14 kills from Kayla Guyot and 13 from Shannon Doyle. Emma Brydels had 39 assists.
Lindenwood hit .333 in the first set, but Southern was right there, hitting .312 as a team. The set was tied at ten and again at 12 before Lindenwood took a 16-13 lead, forcing a Southern timeout. Southern tied the match at 20, but Lindenwood scored five of the final seven points to take the set.
Southern trailed 16-14 and again 20-16 in the second set, but they tied the set at 24 and again at 25, before scoring the final two points to take the set.
The third set was much like the second as Lindenwood scored the final two points of extra play and won 27-25. Lindenwood took a 2-1 lead in the fourth set and led from then on out to take the match.
Southern hit .216 in the match and had seven team blocks.
The Lions will be back in action on October 10, playing host to Washburn at 7 pm. Southern will then play host to the MSSU Invitational next weekend.