GOODWELL, Okla. – The St. Mary’s volleyball team picked up an important victory Friday night, pounding Oklahoma Panhandle State 3-0 behind a career night from redshirt freshman Julie Kells.
Kells, a Red Deer, Alberta, Canada native, had a career-best 10 kills in 13 attempts, leading the way for the Rattlers on a night in which they hit .347 as a team.
The victory helped the Rattlers (14-8, 4-5) snap a six-game skid and remain in sixth place in the Heartland Conference standings. St. Mary’s, of course, eyes one of the coveted top four positions heading down the stretch so as to secure a berth in the Heartland Conference tournament.
Against Panhandle State, (3-23, 0-9), St. Mary’s left little doubt, winning 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 at the Oscar Williams Field House.
Taylor Obermiller (Fr., San Antonio) matched Kells with 10 kills, while Allie Murray (Jr., San Antonio) had a team-high 37 assists.
Returning home after a nine-match road trip, St. Mary’s will host Newman at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bill Greehey Arena.