San Antonio – Samantha Weber had 28 kills and St. Mary’s University rallied from two games down, but fell to Dallas Baptist University in five games, 33-31, 30-27, 29-31, 21-30, 16-14, in Heartland Conference volleyball action Friday night at Bill Greehey Arena.
Weber (Sr., Fort Lupton, Colo.) picked up her 28 kills against just four attack errors in 46 attacks for a .522 attack percentage. The 28 kills was her second highest total this season. She also added a career-high seven service aces and seven blocks in the match as well.
The first two games were back-and-forth affairs with 19 ties and eight lead changes, but in both games the Patriots pulled away late to win 33-31 and 30-27. The Rattlers finally broke through in game three, trailing by as much as six points before rallying for a 31-29 win. In game four the Rattlers ran out to a double-digit lead and won 30-21. But in game five the Rattlers fell behind by five early and a late rally fell just short in a 16-14 loss, ending the match.
Courtney Matula (Sr., San Antonio) had 60 assists and a team-high 17 digs. Danielle Mittelstadt (Fr., New Braunfels) posted a double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs. Laura Sudano (Sr., East Setauket, N.Y.) had 17 kills.
With the loss the Rattlers fell to 14-16 overall and 7-6 in Heartland Conference play. DBU improved to 10-21 and 5-8. The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday in their regular season finale when they host the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.