San Antonio–Samantha Weber led a balanced offensive attack and Valerie Teter had a near-record setting night defensively as St. Mary’s University rolled past St. Edward’s University, 30-22, 31-29, 30-27, in Heartland Conference volleyball action Thursday night at Bill Greehey Arena.
Weber (Sr., Fort Lupton, Colo.) had 11 kills, including six in the decisive game three to lead the team in that category. She also added eight blocks, just one off the school record for a three-game match. As a team the Rattlers had nine blocks in the match. Joining Weber in double figures was Laura Sudano (Sr., East Setauket, N.Y.) and Kori McCarver (Fr., San Antonio), each with 10 kills. McCarver had a double-double, adding 22 assists.
As a team the Rattlers had 52 kills against just 15 attack errors for a .282 attack percentage. They had 76 digs, led by Teter’s (Jr., San Antonio) 28, the second highest three-game dig total in school history.
The Hilltoppers took the early lead in game one before the Rattlers rallied. Led by Sarah Moreno’s (Jr., Pearland) three kills, the Rattlers went on a 9-2 run that turned a 15-13 game into a decisive 24-15 lead. The Rattlers cruised from there for the 30-22 win in game one. In game two the Rattlers trailed 7-3 early on and the Hilltoppers held the lead for much of the game. When Tiffany Jansky (So., Poth) had an attack error to give the Hilltoppers a 29-26 lead, it looked as if SEU would win the game. But the Rattlers reeled off five straight points to win the game in exciting fashion, 31-29. In game three the Rattlers ran out to an early lead and never trailed in winning the game 30-27.
Lindsey Douglas led the way for the Hilltoppers with 10 kills. As a team St. Edward’s had 30 kills against 23 attack errors. They had eight service aces and five blocks.
St. Mary’s won its fourth match in the last five and improved to 13-11 overall and 7-3 in Heartland play. SEU fell to 12-11, 5-5. The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday when they host Texas A&M-International in a Heartland Conference match at 1 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena.