At 7 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 4, the Pioneers suffered a 3-1 loss to Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) at Kitty Magee Arena. However, a 3-1 victory over Western New Mexico University (WNMU) the next day landed TWU the eighth and final spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament. This win was also a great success in lieu of TWU’s loss to WNMU in a previous match on Fri., Oct. 7.
TWU lost to ENMU in four sets, winning the second set with 29-27, and losing the first and third sets 25-23 and the fourth set 25-10. The Pioneers claimed victory over the WNMU Mustangs in another four-set match, losing only the second set 25-20. The remaining sets were won with tallies of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22.
Senior middle blocker Sara Oxford led the team with double statistics of 19 kills and 14 digs in both respective matches. Senior middle blocker and right side hitter Anna McGee followed with 13 kills in the WNMU game and nine against ENMU. First-year setter Katy Ranes dominated with 38 assists in the ENMU match, and junior setter Mary Kate Hyde tallied 27 assists against WNMU.
The victory over WNMU effectively tied TWU with
Midwestern State University (MSU) for the final position in the LSC tournament. Two wins against MSU on Fri., Sept. 30 and Tues., Nov. 1 constituted a tiebreaker, earning TWU’s spot in the upcoming tournament.
With two matches left in the regular season, TWU plays West Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 11 at the WTAMU Field House in Canyon, TX. The next day, Nov. 12, TWU plays UT Permian Basin at 2 p.m. at the Falcon Dome in Odessa, TX. Following these matches, the LSC tournament will kick off with quarterfinals on Nov. 17 and further details will be announced.