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ABILENE, Texas — If Saturday was any indication, McMurry and St. Mary’s should have no trouble brewing a healthy rivalry as future Heartland Conference foes.
The WarHawks topped the Rattlers 3-2 in a back-and-forth battle at Kimbrell Arena, as McMurry overcame a 2-1 deficit to claw back and claim the non-conference victory.
Taylor Obermiller (So., San Antonio) led the Rattlers with 15 kills, while Melissa Heft (So., San Antonio) and Jenna Paul (Fr., Alvin, Texas) chipped in 14 and 13, respectively, to lead the Rattlers to a near victory over their soon-to-be Heartland Conference rival.
McMurry was recently accepted into the conference and will become a full-fledged member next season.
Allie Murray (Sr., San Antonio) and Mikayla Bass (Fr., Coppell, Texas) each recorded 30 assists, while Victorria Martinez (So., Arlington, Texas) had 33 digs.
McMurry won the first set 25-23, but the Rattlers (3-5) came back to win the next two 26-24, 25-19. The WarHawks battled back, however, to close the match with 26-24, 15-9 victories.
St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The University has six athletic national titles: men’s basketball (1989–NAIA), baseball (2001–NCAA Div. II), softball (1986–NAIA and 2002–NCAA Div. II) and an individual national champion in men’s golf (2006–NCAA Div. II) and a national academic championship in men’s golf (2009–NCAA Div. II). St. Mary’s also had more than 40 percent of its athletes named to conference, regional and/or national honor rolls this past year. St. Mary’s student–athletes graduation rate is 65 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent. To learn more about St. Mary's, visit www.stmarytx.edu/athletics.