umhbshieldlogoTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor volleyball team split dual matches at the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational today in Thousand Oaks, falling 3-1 to tournament-host California Lutheran and earning a 3-1 victory over Chapman. UMHB improves to 4-1 on the season after the Friday matches.
No. 4 California Lutheran grabbed an early lead on the Cru, taking the first two sets 25-17, 25-20. UMHB responded with a third-set 25-22 victory before falling 25-18 in the fourth. Abby Voskuil led the Cru with nine kills while Natasha Evans added eight and Lauren Powell drilled seven. Shelby Prather recorded 30 assists as the Cru hit .095 in the match. Defensively, Kendra Feldmann led the Cru with 23 digs en route to a team-total 77. UMHB also recorded five team blocks, led by Cheyenne Dowdey‘s two solo blocks. The Cru totaled 35 kills on 147 attacks while California Lutheran hit 59 kills in 163 attacks.
In the second match of the day, UMHB dropped the first set 28-26 before responding with three consecutive set wins (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) to win the match. Evans, the Schlotzsky’s Lotz Better Player of the Game, led the Cru with 16 kills while Powell added 12 and Dowdey had 11. Prather again led the Cru with 53 assists as UMHB totaled 57 kills and hit .208 in the contest. Feldmann led the defensive front with 27 kills while Dowdey was the match’s leading blocker with four solo blocks and five block assists.
The Cru returns to action in a 2 p.m. match against Occidental and a 6 p.m. match against Emory. UMHB returns home on Tuesday, September 16th in a 6 p.m. match against Hardin-Simmons.