WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Samantha Weber and Kori McCarver combined for 40 kills and St. Mary’s University broke a three-match losing streak with a 30-25, 26-30, 30-26, 26-30, 15-8, win in non-conference volleyball action Sunday at the University of Central Missouri Multi-Purpose Facility.
Weber (Sr., Fort Lupton, Colo.) had 22 kills to lead all players, and added nine digs, four blocks and three service aces in the match. McCarver (Fr., San Antonio) had 18 kills, 12 digs and four blocks. Two other Rattlers reached double figures in kills: Stephanie Crowell (So., The Woodlands) with 14 and Danielle Mittelstadt (Fr., New Braunfels) with 10. Valerie Teter (Jr., San Antonio) led the defense with 19 digs, while Courtney Matula (Sr., San Antonio) had 57 assists.
After dropping their last three matches, all without taking a single game, the Rattlers came out and quickly got back on track against NWSU. The Rattlers scored five straight points late in game one and won 30-25. After dropping game two 30-26, the Rattlers again used a late run, this time four straight points, to win game three 30-26. Northwest Missouri won game four, forcing a deciding game five. The Bearcats took the early lead at 3-0 and led 5-4 before the Rattlers took control, winning 11 of the last 14 points to take the game and the match.
With the win the Rattlers improved 14-14 overall, while Northwest Missouri State fell to 16-16 with the loss. The Rattlers will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Kingsville to face Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 7 p.m.