San Antonio – St. Mary’s University played toe-to-toe with the top team in the Heartland Conference for three sets on Saturday afternoon at Bill Greehey Arena. But the Hilltoppers made the plays down the stretch in all three sets, to defeat the Rattlers, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21, in Heartland Conference volleyball action.

In all three sets the Rattlers fell behind by at least six points early and had to rally. In the first set the Rattlers never led, though they pulled to within two points at 21-19 late. However, SEU finished the set on a 4-1 run to wrap up the win. In the second set the teams battled back-and-forth with four ties and two lead changes. St. Mary’s had a 21-20 lead, but the Hilltoppers won the next three points to take a 24-21 lead. The Rattlers responded by taking the next two points, but Pam Osborne’s kill ended the set. In the final set, the Hilltoppers took control early and held off a late rally by the Rattlers to wrap up the match.

Kori McCarver (Jr., San Antonio) led the way for the Rattlers with 10 kills, 12 assists and seven digs. She was the only Rattler in double figures in kills. Allie Murray (Fr., San Antonio) had 14 assists and a team-high 10 digs to record a double-double.

With the loss, the Rattlers fell to 4-17 overall, 3-4 in Heartland Conference play this season. SEU improved to 16-5, 7-0. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday, October 16 when they host the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 7 p.m. in Bill Greehey Arena.

St. Edward’s def. St. Mary’s (Texas) 25-20,25-23,25-21

St. Edward’s (16-5, 7-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Pam Osborn 10-1-6; Ashley Vander Hey 10-1-4; Lindy Luleff 8-2-1; Meredith Bard 6-0-2; Courtney Trevino 6-0-2; Allison Ralston 1-0-2; Totals 41-4-9.0. (Assists) – Allison Ralston 34. (Dig leaders) – Michelle Hundt 17; Stacie Robertson 7

St. Mary’s (Texas) (4-17, 3-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Kori McCarver 10-0-0; Katelyn Kershner 8-1-0; Luisa Rodriguez 6-0-0; Kirsten Chapman 6-0-2; Mallory Moeller 4-0-4; Allie Murray 1-0-0; Adrianna Keys 1-0-1; Stephanie Proske 1-0-2; Totals 37-1-6.0. (Assists) – Allie Murray 14; Kori McCarver 12. (Dig leaders) – Allie Murray 10; Stephanie Flores 9; Katelyn Kershner 8

Site: San Antonio, TX (Bill Greehey Arena)
Date: Oct 10, 2009 Attend: 250 Time: 1:22
Referees: Brian Hernandez, Jack Zaldavar

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