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.