September 19, 2009
San Antonio – St. Mary’s University won its second straight match in convincing fashion, picking up 39 kills in just three sets as they defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State University, 25-8, 25-14, 25-15, in Heartland Conference volleyball action Saturday afternoon at Bill Greehey Arena.
The Rattlers featured a balanced attack, with seven players picking up four or more kills. As a team, the Rattlers had 39 kills against 14 errors for a .278 attack percentage. One day after Stephanie Crowell (Sr., The Woodlands) set a school record for blocks in a match, the Rattlers were back at it, picking up seven total blocks on Saturday. Stephanie Proske (So., LaGrange) had four blocks and added four kills. Katelyn Kershner (Jr., San Antonio) led the way for the Rattlers offensively with nine kills and seven digs.
The Rattlers strong play at the net didn’t end with the seven blocks. They held OPSU to just 12 kills, while forcing 19 attack errors. No Aggie player had more than three kills in the match. OPSU had the lead just twice in the match, both times early in the first set.
With the win, St. Mary’s improved to 3-10 overall and 2-0 in Heartland Conference play. Oklahoma Panhandle State fell to 1-13, 0-2. The Rattlers will hit the road this week, traveling to the University of Texas-Permian Basin on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Odessa.
St. Mary’s def. Okla. Panhandle St. 25-8, 25-14, 25-15