San Antonio – Sarah Moreno and Kori McCarver combined for 26 kills, but the University of the Incarnate Word rallied to defeat St. Mary’s University, 14-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, in Heartland Conference volleyball action Wednesday night at the McDermott Center.
Moreno (Sr., Pearland) picked up a match-high 14 kills, while McCarver (So., San Antonio) had 12 kills to lead the Rattlers. Sondra Cui (Fr., Schertz) posted a double-double with 43 assists and 12 digs. Valerie Teter (Sr., San Antonio) led the defense with 13 digs.
The Rattlers rolled in the first set, posting 15 kills against just one error to win 25-14. However the Cardinals had just 10 attack errors over the final three sets, after committing five in the first set, and won the match in four sets.
With the loss the Rattlers have lost four in a row and are 8-16 overall, 5-7 in Heartland Conference play this season. UIW improved to 16-14, 10-2. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they host Texas A&M University-Kingsville on Friday at 7 p.m. The match will be senior night for the Rattlers and will be broadcast live over the internet at www.rattlerathletics.com.
The men’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision against top-ranked Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. The Rattlers held the Mustangs to a single goal in the first half, a score by Nick Auditore in the 18th minute. However MSU took just 44 seconds into the second half to increase the lead. Bryan Sajjadi picked up his second goal of the season to make the score 2-0. Robert Swann iced the win for the Mustangs in the 62nd minute, scoring his third goal of the season. The Rattlers were outshot in the game, 18-1, with Bryon Plagge (Sr., San Antonio) taking the only shot of the game. Goalkeeper Brett Collier (Jr., Schertz) made six saves in goal.
With the loss the Rattlers fell to 5-10 this season, while MSU improved to 14-1. St. Mary’s will play its final home game of the season on Sunday at noon when they host Eastern New Mexico University. The game will be senior day for the Rattlers and will be broadcast over the internet at www.rattlerathletics.com.