AUSTIN, Texas St. Mary’s Volleyball couldn’t force the playoff tiebreaker it so desperately wanted.

Eyeing to force Texas A&M International into a tiebreaker for the Heartland Conferences fourth and final spot in the Heartland Conference Tournament, the Rattlers dropped their must-win contest against St. Edwards on Saturday, falling 1-3 despite a career-high 18 kills from freshman Jenna Paul.

St. Marys (17-12, 6-8 in Heartland Conference) fell 15-25, 25-22, 18-25, 19-25, ending its season somewhat prematurely.

But as always the case with the Rattlers, they wouldn’t go down without a fight.

After losing by double figures in the opening set, St. Mary’s battled back for the second-set victory that seemed to change the momentum of the match. But St. Edwards (17-9, 10-4) stormed back with consecutive victories to get the win.

Victorria Martinez (So., Arlington, Texas) led St. Mary’s with 20 digs, following closely by senior Allie Murray (San Antonio), playing in her final game as a Rattler, with 19. Murray also posted a team-high 23 assists to go along with three kills. Melissa Heft (So., San Antonio) added nine kills on the day.

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