San Antonio – Katelyn Kershner had 12 kills, but it was the University of Texas of the Permian Basin making the plays down the stretch as they defeated St. Mary’s University, 25-20, 25-16, 27-25, in Heartland Conference volleyball action Friday night at Bill Greehey Arena. The men’s soccer team also fell in Heartland play, falling at St. Edward’s, 4-0.

For the volleyball team, it was close, but not close enough as they led in all three sets, but were unable to put away the defending Heartland Conference champions. In the three-set match there were 21 ties and 15 lead changes, but UTPB picked up the points at the end. In the first set, the Rattlers led 17-16 and were tied at 18, but the Falcons finished the set on a 7-2 run to win 25-20. In the second set, and early run by UTPB put the set away for a 25-16 win. The Rattlers looked to have the third set early on, leading 7-1. But the Falcons rallied and took the lead at 11-10. After the teams traded the lead several times, the Rattlers had a set point after a Kori McCarver (Jr., San Antonio) kill. However, the Falcons won the next three points to take the set and the match. Kershner (Jr., San Antonio) led all players with 12 kills and had six digs. Stephanie Flores (So., San Antonio) had 27 digs in the loss.

St. Mary’s fell to 4-18 overall and 3-5 in Heartland Conference play with the loss. UTPB improved to 11-14, 5-2 with the win. The Rattlers will host Dallas Baptist University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Bill Greehey Arena.

For the men’s soccer team, it was the second straight frustrating loss on the road. Just 5:32 into the contest Josh Nannen took a pass from Scott Strickland and ripped the net for a 1-0 Hilltopper lead. From there it was Strickland who took the spotlight. He tallied three goals – a pair in the second half separated by less than six minutes, helping the Hilltoppers to the 4-0 win.

With the loss, the Rattlers fell to 4-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in Heartland Conference play. St. Edward’s improved to 3-6-2 and 3-1-0. St. Mary’s will remain on the road this Sunday when they travel to nationally ranked Midwestern State University at 1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
St. Mary’s (Texas) (4-6-1, 2-2-1 HC) vs. St. Edward’s (3-6-2, 3-1 HC)
Date: Oct 16, 2009
Attendance: 225
Weather: 70s, Windy and Sunny

Texas-Permian Basin def. St. Mary’s (Texas) 25-20, 25-16, 27-25
Site: San Antonio, TX (Bill Greehey Arena)
Date: Oct 16, 2009
Attend: 250
Time: 1:17
Referees: Thomas Hoy, Jane Ferguson

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