Last weekend, on Fri., Oct. 14 and Sat., Oct. 15, the Pioneer volleyball team hosted two Lone Star Conference games, both of which resulted in 3-2 losses.
The game against the University of Texas at Permian Basin began at 7 p.m. on Friday and was designated as the “Dig for a Cure” game. After falling short, by merely three and four points, the Pioneers lost the first and second sets, respectively. Bouncing back with a 25-18 third set win, TWU went on to win the fourth set 25-22 before battling it out in the fifth and final set with a 16-14 loss. Several Pioneers had two double-digit statistics. Senior middle blocker Sara Oxford recorded 22 kills and 10 digs and senior right side hitter Briley Cole swung for 15 kills, while first-year setter Katy Ranes had 34 assists and 21 digs.
On Sat., Oct. 15, the Pioneers headed back to Kitty Magee Arena to face off with another LSC competitor, West Texas A&M. Beginning the match with a 25-19 set loss, TWU rallied back to defeat the Buffs 25-13. Unable to continue momentum from the second set, TWU lost the third set 25-21 but managed a 25-10 victory in the fourth set. Unable to reach 15 first, the Pioneers dropped the final set to move them to a 2-8 conference record. Oxford continued to dominate for the Pioneers with a career-high 24 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore Makayla Mayfield changed positions from outside hitter to libero for the first time in her career, tallying 31 digs.
LSC play will continue with matches at Kitty Magee Arena on Fri., Oct. 21 against Angelo State University at 7 p.m. and Tarleton State University on Sat., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.