Bulldogs defeated by Panthers in four sets


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Truman State University volleyball team dropped its second match in a row on Saturday afternoon, this time on the road at Drury with set scores of 21-25, 25-18, 26-28, and 20-25.

The Panthers improved to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference while the Bulldogs fell to 6-9 on the season including 2-4 in league play. Truman registered its highest hitting percentage of the year for a true road match at .188 and four players with at least 10 kills contributed to that number. On top was Jasmine Brown with 14 followed by Natalie Brimeyer with 12, Ellie Kaat with 11 and Sam Yancy with 10. Prior to Saturday, Kaat had never sent home more than three kills in a match so this was a coming out party for the freshman. Savvy Hughes (50 assists) reached 50+ in that category for the second time in her last four matches.

Defensively, five Bulldogs earned double-figure digs including Lauren Wacker (26), Brown (21), Yancy (19), Meghan Gasper (17), and Hughes (11). For Brown and Yancy, those are double-doubles No. six and four, respectively, for 2017. As a team, the Purple and White blocked a total of 17 attacks including three solo and 14 assisted. Individually, Brimeyer was once again the ringleader in that category with six to her name.

How it happened...

Drury scored the first two points of the first set and didn't look back as there were no lead changes or ties.

The Panthers led by as many as five points on three different occasions including 10-5, 12-7 and 13-8.

After that final five-point deficit, Truman pulled within one two times (13-12 and 19-18) before dropping the set by four.

There were no lead changes in the second set and the two ties happened in the first 10 points at 2-2 and 5-5.

At one point, the Bulldogs scored eight of a possible nine points and led by eight, 18-10.

After that, it was never closer than three (18-15 and 20-17) before the final margin of seven.

The third set was the closest of the afternoon with 14 deadlocks and five lead changes.

Through the first 28 points, the biggest lead for either team was four by Drury when it was ahead 16-12.

Right then and there, the visitors used a timeout and fought all the way back to tie it up at 22-22.

After four more ties, the final one coming at 26-26, the home team rattled off the final two points to go up two sets to one.

The fourth set was close as well with nine ties and six lead changes.

Early on, neither team led by more than two points until Drury used a 7-1 run to go ahead by four, 13-9, and Truman used another timeout.

The Bulldogs got hot and with a 9-4 spurt were back ahead by one, 18-17.

However, seven-straight points from the Panthers put them ahead by six, 24-18, and the match out of reach.

Next up, Truman will host Illinois Springfield on Tuesday inside Pershing Arena with first serve set for 7 p.m. That meeting will represent the Bulldogs' final home match for 24 days until Oct. 27 vs. Indianapolis.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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