LAWTON, Okla.-The St. Mary’s University volleyball team continued its strong play of late, defeating Missouri Western State University, and pushing sixth-ranked Truman State University to four games in play on the second day of the Cameron University/Best Western Invitational Saturday at Aggie Gymnasium.

In the first match of the day the Rattlers fell behind early and never recovered in a 30-24, 30-23, 22-30, 30-9 loss to Truman State. Samantha Weber (Sr., Fort Lupton) had 14 kills to lead the offense against the Bulldogs, while Kori McCarver (Fr., San Antonio) had eight kills and three service aces.

In the second match of the day the Rattlers had a block party at the expense of Missouri Western. Weber had eight blocks, while Stephanie Crowell (So., The Woodlands) had seven, helping the Rattlers to 16 blocks in the match. Weber led the team with 15 kills, while Laura Sudano (Sr., East Setauket, N.Y.) had 13 kills and a .542 attack percentage. McCarver added 11 kills and three service aces.

With the split the Rattler volleyball team is now 5-6 on the season and has won three of its last four matches. They will return to action on Friday when they host West Texas A&M University at 2 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena in the first match of a doubleheader. They will take on Heartland Conference foe Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 7 p.m. later that night.

The St. Mary’s women’s soccer team was also in action on the road Saturday afternoon. They traveled to Canyon to take on West Texas A&M University. However, two goals in a three-minute period of the first half sent the Rattlers to a 2-0 loss. West Texas A&M outshot the Rattlers 23-12. Jamie Montero (Fr., Iowa Park) made nine saves in goal for the Rattlers.

With the loss the women’s soccer team is now 2-3 on the season, while WTAMU is now 4-1. St. Mary’s will continue its six-game road trip when they travel to San Angelo to take on Angelo State University at 4 p.m.

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