umhbshieldlogoTHOUSAND OAKS, Ca. – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor volleyball team split dual matches at the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, sweeping Occidental 3-0 and falling to No. 6 Emory 3-2.  
UMHB took control of the three-set win over Occidental, sweeping the match 25-19, 25-22, 25-14. Lauren Powell and Cheyenne Dowdey led the Cru with 11 kills each whil eAbby Voskuil added eight. Shelby Prather assisted 37 of UMHB’s 44 kills in the match. Kendra Feldmann led the defensive front with 13 digs while three other Crusaders added 11. UMHB recorded 3.5 team blocks, led by Dowdey’s one block solo and two block assists. UMHB totaled 61 digs and hit .258 in the match while Occidental hit .181 with 25 kills and 28 digs.
The Cru then played a hard-fought five-set match against No. 6 Emory. Both teams traded sets 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 21-25, forcing the match into a deciding set. UMHB trailed Emory 8-6 at the switch and forced the set into extra points, dropping match with a 16-14 final-set decision. Voskuil led the Cru with 19 kills while Powell added 11. Prather assisted 34 kills while Natasha Evans added 14 assists. On the defensive side, Dowdey led the Cru with four solo blocks and five block assists en route to a team-total 11 blocks. Kendra Feldmann helped UMHB to a team-total 79 digs with 28, with Powell recording 17 and Voskuil noting 14. UMHB totaled 60 kills in the match for a .181 attack percentage.
UMHB opens conference play on Tuesday, September 9th in a 4 p.m. match at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.