Drury volleyball dominant in win over S&T

On a night of Halloween costumes and spookiness for a raucous student body, Drury Volleyball exorcised one of its demons.

The Panthers swept Great Lakes Valley Conference West leader Missouri Science and Technology 3-0 on Tuesday night to end a five-match losing streak against the Lady Miners.

Drury won by scores of 25-22, 25-23 and 27-25 to improve to 14-15 overall and keep their GLVC post-season tourney hopes alive with a 6-8 mark.

S & T fell to 16-11 overall and lost just for the second time in 14 GLVC matches.

Alex Smith had 17 kills and Sara Borneman added 12 for the Panthers, who received 34 assists from Alexis Dutt and 19 digs from Brooke Foster.

"It was great to see Alex and Sara really play within themselves and not try to do too much tonight and take what they were given offensively," Drury coach Ashleigh Fitzgerald said. "I thought our first contact, our serving and passing, was really strong, and Brooke Foster just continued to play great."

Hayley Wright had 10 kills for the Lady Miners, who led 11-10 in the first set before Drury reeled off five consecutive points - including kills by Laynie Timmons and Borneman - to grab the lead for good.

But the big turning point came in set two, when Drury trailed 15-9 at one point, but outscored S & T 10-1 to grab the lead. It was 23-all when Dutt and Borneman finished off the set with kills.

Drury then jumped on the Lady Miners from the start in the final set, grabbing a 14-8 lead. S & T pulled even at 24-all, but tied at 25, Smith delivered the final two kills of the match to grab the victory, its first over the Lady Miners since Halloween Night in 2008.
The Panthers are back on the GLVC road this weekend with matches at William Jewell (7 p.m. Friday) and Rockhurst (3 p.m. Saturday).

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