SHAWNEE, Okla. – Despite a third-set rally that extended the match, Southeastern was unable to overcome an early 2-0 deficit at Oklahoma Baptist, falling 3-1 on Tuesday night in Shawnee, Okla.
The loss dips the Savage Storm to 2-10 on the year overall and 0-2 in league play heading into its true home opener on Sept. 24 in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium against rival East Central at 7 p.m.
Abby Jameson matched a match-high 16 kills on the night, while Julia Benford and Maggie Benson each added 10 in the effort.
Alissa Benson chipped in seven kills from her setter position, while Arianna Baker added six.
Alissa Benson also dished out 39 assists on the night while also adding seven digs.
Charlene Nerio turned in her best outing of the year thus far with 25 digs, while Jameson completed a double-double with 15 digs, as did Maggie Benson with 14.
Baker led the defense at the net with five blocks, while Maggie Benson chipped in three.
In the opening set the Storm jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but saw the Bison respond with a 5-0 run of its own to even the match.
The teams would trade blows until OBU used a 7-1 run to seize control of the match at 19-15, eventually taking the set 25-22.
In the second set, the Bison jumped ahead early and had an answer for every Storm rally, the last coming when SE closed to an 18-16 deficit only to see OBU score seven of the last nine points of the set to take it 25-18 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Storm finally got over the hump in the third set, taking control early and finding an answer each time OBU closed the gap.
The Bison edged to within 17-15, but a 5-0 run would eliminate the threat and propel SE to a 25-18 win in the set.
Southeastern saw its match rally hopes come to an end though when OBU used a 9-0 run in the fourth set to turn an 8-7 lead into a 17-7 lead en route to a 25-19 win in the clinching set.
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