McPHERSON, Kan. – The Southwestern College volleyball team saw its current skid extend to five matches Wednesday evening. The Lady Builders dropped a three-set decision (25-19, 25-12, 25-18) to the McPherson College Bulldogs inside the Sport Center in McPherson, Kan.
Freshman Kanami Ellis paced Southwestern (3-14, 1-10 KCAC) with seven kills behind a team-best .180 attack percentage. Fellow freshman Lezlee Dixon added six kills, while freshman Alyxandra Blaker added five kills. Splitting setting duties, junior Catabrean Baumann set 13 assists, while senior Rhian Hunter added eight assists. Sophomore Rylie Ingram and freshman Colbi Phillips anchored the Lady Builder defense with nine kills each.
Lexi Kite led McPherson (11-5, 7-3 KCAC) with 11 kills.
Southwestern hit .061 in Wednesday's match. The Lady Builders put down 25 kills but committed 19 attack errors on 98 attempts.
The Lady Builders never led in the opening set. McPherson use a 5-2 spurt during the middle portions of the set to turn an 8-8 tie into a 13-10 advantage, and slowly expanded upon that lead throughout the remainder of the set. The Bulldogs scored five of the final eight points of the set, and took a 1-0 advantage with a 25-19 opening-set decision. The second set was all McPherson. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-3 lead, and never looked back. Southwestern never threatened MC during the second set, and the hosts claimed a 2-0 lead with a 25-12 second-set win. McPherson opened the third set with a similar script, jumping out to an 11-1 lead. Blaker followed three-straight Bulldog errors with back-to-back service aces, and helped the Lady Builders pull back to within five, 20-15, late in the set, but the 'Dogs out-scored Southwesten 5-3 the rest of the way to complete the sweep with a 25-18 third-set win.
Wednesday's loss drops Southwestern to 3-14 on the season, and 1-10 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Saturday, hosting the Braves of Ottawa University. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside historic Stewart Field House.