Volleyball Unable to Secure Playoff Bid

AUSTIN, Texas St. Marys Volleyball couldnt 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 wouldnt go down without a fight.

After losing by double figures in the opening set, St. Marys 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. Marys 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.

St. Marys University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The University has six athletic national titles: mens basketball (1989NAIA), baseball (2001NCAA Div. II), softball (1986NAIA and 2002NCAA Div. II) and an individual national champion in mens golf (2006NCAA Div. II) and a national academic championship in mens golf (2009NCAA Div. II). St. Marys also had more than 40 percent of its athletes named to conference, regional and/or national honor rolls this past year. St. Marys studentathletes graduation rate is 65 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent. To learn more about St. Mary's, visit www.stmarytx.edu/athletics.