Goodwell, Okla. – Things couldn’t have been much more tightly contested than they were between the St. Mary’s University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University volleyball teams Saturday morning.

In a match that went five sets and saw a total of nine points separate the teams over four of the five games, the Rattlers were edged 2-3 (25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 23-25, 12-15) on the road.

Rattlers junior middle blocker Kirsten Chapman (Jourdanton, Texas) led both teams with 16 kills, while senior outside hitter Kate Kershner (San Antonio) had a team-high 13 digs. Junior setter Kori McCarver (San Antonio), the Heartland Conference’s reigning Hitter of the Week, led the Rattlers (5-8, 2-2) with 38 assists.

St. Mary’s jumped to a 2-0 lead, edging Oklahoma Panhandle State 25-23 in the first game before routing the second game 25-15. But Oklahoma Panhandle State stormed back, taking the next three sets by a combined seven points.

The Rattlers return to the court Wednesday, when they will host Texas A&M International University at 7 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena.

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