Mustangs Defeat Davidson 3-1 For Second Victory Friday
Sep 6, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) -Five Mustangs finished with at least 10 kills as SMU picked up its second win of the day with a 4-1 win over Davidson in the final match of day one in the SMU Invite. Cailin Bula led the team with 15 kills, and Maddie Lozano, Caroline Young and Abbey Bybel eached scored 12. Freshman Janelle Giordano recorded 11 in the match.
SMU (4-2) closed out the match in dominating fashion. The Mustangs built a five-point lead over the first 15 points, and SMU scored kills on eight of the last nine points for a 10-point win, the largest gap of the match, 25-15. Avery Acker recorded assists on 57 of SMU's 64 kills, and Bybel posted the first SMU double-double of the season with 14 digs. Lozano hit a match-high .409, needing just 22 attacks to get 12 kills.
Against Grambling State in SMU's first match of the tournament, Caroline Young scored nine kills to lead the Mustangs to their third sweep of the season (25-12, 25-13, 25-10), defeating the Tigers (1-4) in the first home match of the season to start the SMU Invite in the Dedman Center Friday.
SMU hit .295 as a team, siding out 78 percent of the time, holding the Tigers to just 11 kills during the match. Defensively, the Mustangs were led by sophomore Avery Acker and freshman Morgan Heise, who finished with nine digs apiece. Junior Julianne Scheider added seven digs, and Acker tallied assists on 30 of SMU's 35 kills.
The first set of the nightcap featured 18 ties and lead changes, despite Davidson (4-1) grabbing an early 8-5 lead. SMU rallied back to knot the score at 12-12, capped off by a Maddie Lozano kill. The Wildcats recaptured the lead before the Mustangs scored three straight to take a 22-20 lead, their first since a 4-3 advantage. Davidson pushed the set to extra points, scoring back-to-back points to take a 26-25 lead. SMU answered with three straight to take the first set 28-26.
The Mustangs took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-19 victory in the third set, leading by as many as eight points. SMU opened the set with a 5-1 run and never relinquished the lead. Bybel scored four kills in the set to push SMU to within one set of the win.
In the second set, SMU led for 34 of the sets 47 points; however, the Wildcats prevented the Mustangs from sweeping their second match of the day. The Mustangs had a 20-17 advantage before Davidson scored six unanswered points, ending the set on an 8-2 run, to even the match at one set apiece.
SMU will conclude action in its home tournament Saturday against Sam Houston State at 2:30 p.m. The Mustangs were the only team to win both their matches on Friday, with the Bearkats falling 3-1 to Davidson.