Truman volleyball sweeps Missouri S&T on the road


ROLLA, Mo. - So far in 2017, when the Truman State University volleyball team has won, it hasn't needed much time to do so. After sweeping Missouri S&T on Wednesday night away from Pershing Arena, five of the Bulldogs' six wins have come by sweep with the sixth lasting just one set longer. Not only that, the Purple and White improved to 8-1 against the Miners in the all-time series.

Truman (6-7, 2-2 GLVC) has now won three of its last four while Missouri S&T (5-9, 1-4 GLVC) has been on the short end in five of the its past six. Wednesday's offensive effort featured three Bulldogs with at least 10 kills including Natalie Brimeyer (11/.333 hitting percentage), Claire Viviano (10/.226) and Jocelynn Livingston (10/.143). Those three and the others were assisted by Savvy Hughes' 36 assists. This year, Hughes has reached the 30-assist plateau nine times in 13 matches and the 35-assist mark in four.

Defensively, there were four players with double-figure digs including Lauren Wacker (24), Sam Yancy (12), Hughes (12), and Viviano (11). For Hughes, that makes it six double-doubles this season, including two straight, while the sophomore, Viviano, captured the first of her career. Above the net, the Bulldogs had 16 block assists with five apiece coming from Livingston and Brimeyer.

Despite Truman beating Missouri S&T with a sweep, the match was actually much closer than that as it saw a combine 31 ties and 14 lead changes. Early on in the first set, the Miners scored the first three points before the Bulldogs answered with a 5-0 run to go up by two. After six more ties, the Purple and White tallied seven of a possible eight points and had a six-point advantage, 18-12. After that, the margin was never smaller than two, 23-21, and the visitors held on for the 25-21 set victory.

The second set was an absolute thriller with 16 deadlocks, eight lead changes and a total of 64 points scored. Truman had the first two points and led 3-2 before Missouri S&T embarked on a 6-0 run to go ahead by five, 8-3. The Bulldogs punched back, though, and eventually knotted the match up at 13-13 before keeping the momentum on their side temporarily thanks to a two-point lead, 17-15. However, that was just the beginning of the tight play as the two squads tied 11 more times before Truman rattled off three of the final four points for a 33-31 victory and a 2-0 match advantage.

The third set was another tight one, but Missouri S&T had a lead as big as three on three occasions including 5-2, 6-3 and 16-13. Truman had the answer once again, though, and used a 10-2 spurt to get its biggest lead of the set at five, 23-18. The Miners were able to cut it to one twice, 23-22 and 24-23, but the Bulldogs won 25-23 and the road test in straight sets.

Next up, Truman is at William Jewell on Friday with first serve set for 7 p.m. from Liberty, Mo.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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