Last updated: October 23. 2013 9:53AM - 494 Views
By Zach Maxwell Staff Reporter

Savage Storm volleyball fans cheer on the ladies Tuesday at Bloomer Sullivan Gym.
Savage Storm volleyball fans cheer on the ladies Tuesday at Bloomer Sullivan Gym.
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Southeastern volleyball dropped a critical conference match on Tuesday before a large crowd which had gathered for the team’s annual “Get Pink” game.

The Southwestern Bulldogs cruised to 25-22 and 25-13 set wins before the Savage Storm rallied in a 25-15 decision. A ferocious fourth set which saw 12 ties and six lead changes finally fell Southwestern’s way 28-26 in extra service time, giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 win.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 in the Great American Conference with a 9-16 season record; Southeastern falls to 10-12 overall and an even 4-4 in the conference.

Emily Gentle had 19 of the Storm’s 46 kills; Taylor Benner had 17 digs and Courtney Miller collected 16. Madelynne Cera dished out a game-high 34 assists.

Southwestern had three players with double-digit nights in kills and digs.

Southeastern is virtually guaranteed a spot in the GAC tournament one month from now. Eight conference teams will go, and two of the 11 teams are still ineligible for post-season play due to provisional conference membership status.

One of those is first-place Southern Nazarene (16-6, 6-0 in GAC) and another is Northwestern (4-16, 1-7 in GAC). Henderson State (3-16, 0-8 in GAC) is on the outside of the nine qualifying teams.

The Savage Storm have seven conference matches remaining, with their next game on Friday at Ouachita Baptist (10-7, 4-4) in Arkadelphia, Ark.

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