No. 3 Northwestern State Tops No. 6 Houston Baptist

first_img2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox ScoreCONWAY, Ark. – No. 3 Northwestern State topped No. 6 Houston Baptist 3-1 in the second match of the 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball tournament Friday afternoon inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. Hannah Brister once again showed out for the Lady Demons, notching a match-high 24 kills and 21 digs for her 14th double-double of the season.Set OneThere were eight lead changes and 13 ties throughout the opening set where the Huskies claimed a 25-22 victory over the Lady Demons. Despite seven kills from Brister, the HBU defense came up with four blocks and limited Northwestern State to a .024 hitting percentage. Megan Patillo and Mikayla Vivens combined for six of the Huskies’ nine kills, while Hannah Lewis tallied five digs for HBU.Set TwoHouston Baptist continued its pace in the second set, jumping ahead with a 4-1 scoring run on a pair of kills from Ebonie Ballestros. Brister provided the Lady Demons’ first lead of the set with a go-ahead kill to take a 7-6 advantage. NSU did not relinquish its lead until back-to-back HBU kills from Vivens placed the Huskies up 12-11. Northwestern State was not deterred and chipped away at the Houston Baptist lead before Kourtney Seaton and Alexis Warren combined for a block to seal the set at 25-23 for the Lady Demons.Set ThreeThe momentum continued for NSU in the fourth set as the Lady Demons jumped out to an early 5-3 advantage. The Huskies remained in striking distance, however, and eventually jumped ahead 11-8 on yet another kill from Vivens. Houston Baptist’s lead stretched to 15-12 before Northwestern State closed the gap and locked the set at 23-23 on yet another kill from Brister. Darria Williams threw down a shot over the net to seal a 25-23 set-four victory for the Lady Demons.Set FourIn what appeared to be a mirror image of the second and third sets, the Lady Demons clinched another 25-23 victory to lock up a 3-1 match win. Williams tabbed four kills throughout the set, while Brister claimed the final three plays of the afternoon with three-straight kills.With the win, Northwestern State advances to the semifinal round where they will take on No. 2 Sam Houston State Friday at noon inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark.last_img

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