A&M-Commerce trips up Storm volleyball in five sets

By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter

October 30, 2013

Southeastern volleyball matched their longest losing streak of the season Tuesday in a 3-2 non-conference loss to Texas A&M-Commerce at Bloomer Sullivan Gym.

The Savage Storm ladies surprised the 17-6 Lions with a 25-17 victory in the first set. But Commerce adjusted up front, took control at the net and won the next two sets 25-14 and 25-19.

Southeastern went toe-to-toe with the Lions in the fourth set until a critical stretch midway through the session. SE won a heated battle at the net to take a five-point lead, then stretched it to 21-11 with senior libero Taylor Benner at service for a five-point run.

The Storm won the set 25-17 to force a fifth and deciding round. But SE quickly fell behind 4-0 and never got closer than two points in the short set, as the Lions won 15-10 to take the whole match.

A pair of Savage Storm double doubles were in vain, as Courtney Miller had 21 kills and 11 digs on her way to a game-high 24.5 points. Megan Kunkel had 16 digs and 12 kills.

Benner collected 13 digs and Marina Dias had three of the Storm’s six service aces.

Southeastern (10-14, 4-5) is now 3-1 in five-set games. They travel to Ada to resume conference action on Thursday against East Central (9-14, 6-3). The Storm will be home at 11 a.m. Saturday against Northwestern (4-18, 1-8).

SE has seven regular season games remaining, and all but one are conference matches. The conference tournament begins on Nov. 21.