Southern volleyball drops a pair of 3-1 matches at first day of Pittsburg State Tournament

Pittsburg, Kan. --  The Missouri Southern volleyball team dropped a pair of 3-1 matches today at the Pittsburg State Regional Volleyball Challenge, falling to St. Mary's in the opener and then to Newman in the second match of the day. 

The Lions (3-11) had solid performances from freshman Casey Ball and senior Rachel Olinyk in the first match against St. Mary's. Ball had 18 kills and 11 digs, while hitting .448 for the match, and Olinyk had 14 kills with a .387 attack average. Sydney Potts had 39 assists and 18 digs, while she added in five kills. Rocky Crook had 17 digs, while Danielle Severns added ten of fher own. 

St. Mary's (13-2) hit .289 in the second set and .302 in the finale, while the Lions hit .400 in their third set win. Individual set scores were 23-25, 18-25, 25-15 and 24-26. 

In the Lions second match of the day, Southern faced off with Newman (2-10) and the Jets avenged an early season loss to the Lions and came out on top three sets to one. Individual set scores were 25-14, 19-25, 20-25, and 14-25. 

Olinyk again had the hot hand for the Lions as she had 13 kills and hit .290 in the match. Crook had 15 digs, while Potts had another double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs. 

The Lions will finish up the tournament tomorrow with matches against West Texas A&M and Midwestern State.