Southern Utah University’s volleyball team suffered their fifth straight Western Athletic Conference loss in a 3-0 sweep by Abilene Christian University on Thursday, Oct. 5.
The first set got off to a tough start when the ACU Wildcats jumped to a six-point lead. From that stretch forward, Southern Utah was playing from behind. Despite being down 24-12, the Thunderbirds managed to score six straight points, including a kill by outside hitter Andrea Spasojevic and three service aces by setter Teniyah Leuluai. ACU finished off the set with a kill to make it 25-18.
Starting the second set almost as quickly as the first, the Wildcats stole five of the first six points. Late in the set, ACU managed their second six-point streak of the night to put them ahead by 10. A kill from middle blocker Braden Bossier sealed the set at 25-16.
ACU continued to dominate in the third set, where aces from libero Abby Christian contributed to a 12-4 start. Five more kills put the Wildcats up 20-9 before the Thunderbirds once again tried to pull together a comeback. A couple of kills from middle blocker Hana Makonova managed to boost SUU’s score to 16 before ACU finished off the match with a second 25-16 set.
The loss dropped Southern Utah’s record to 0-5 in the WAC and 4-11 overall, while the Wildcats improved to 3-2 in the conference and 8-9 overall.
— ACU’s Bossier and outside hitter Bryley Steinhilber combined for 21 total kills.
— Christian racked up five aces for the Wildcats.
— Thunderbirds Molly McDermott and Arianna Rossi each totaled 14 digs.
— Spasojevic’s six points extended her season total to 157.
— Leuluai’s 18 assists boosted her over 400 on the season.
SUU will travel to Tarleton State University on Saturday, Oct. 7, for their second Texas showdown of the week against the 11-8 Texans. The game will start at 1 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN+.
Author: Kale Nelson
Photos courtesy of SUU Athletics
Editor: Anden Garfield