LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – The Southwestern College volleyball team suffered its ninth road loss of the season Monday evening. The Lady Builders fell to the Spires of the University of Saint Mary in three sets (25-17, 25-17, 27-25) inside the Ryan Sports Center in Leavenworth.

Freshman Kanami Ellis led Southwestern (3-13, 1-9 KCAC) with eight kills, while fellow freshman Lezlee Dixon added seven kills. Splitting setting duties, junior Catabrean Baumann recorded 14 assists, while senior Rhian Hunter added 10 assists. Sophomore libero Rylie Ingram led the Lady Builder defense with 20 digs, while Baumann added 15.

Maleka Benjamin led Saint Mary (9-8, 6-4 KCAC) with 12 kills.

Southwestern hit .078 in the match. The Lady Builders put down 32 kills with 21 errors on 141 attempts. Southwestern served five aces, and out-blocked the Spires, 2-0.

Saint Mary won the opening two sets by identical 25-17 margins, and appeared to be on its way to a sweep with a 20-12 lead in the third set, but the Lady Builders weren't ready to make the 215 mile trip back home just yet. Ellis followed an Alyxandra Blaker kill with a pair of her own kills to spark a 12-4 run that forced a late 24-24 tie. Soutwestern fought off one match point, but back-to-back errors secured the Saint Mary win by a 27-25 count in Set 3.

Monday's loss drops Southwestern to 3-13 on the season, and 1-9 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Wednesday, traveling to McPherson to face the Bulldogs of McPherson College. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Sport Center. 

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