SGU upsets previously unbeaten TWU in five sets

St Gregory's Cavaliers

From SGU Sports
Brad Collins, Sports Information Director

SHAWNEE – St. Gregory’s overcame a two-set deficit to upset previously unbeaten Texas Wesleyan in a five-set stunner (19-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-12) Tuesday night at Sumner Field House. It was the Cavaliers’ first program win over a team either ranked or receiving votes in a national poll – a distinction the Lady Rams had earned earlier in the day.

Facing a sweep and hitting only .051 through those first two games, SGU turned it around in a momentum-shifting third set. Down 17-10 in the frame, SGU went on a 7-0 run to tie it before taking the lead at 19-18 moments later. Tied at 19, the home team closed on a 6-2 run to keep the match alive.

The fourth set featured 19 ties and seven lead changes, but a mid-game spurt propelled the Cavs ahead for good. Down 15-14, SGU scored six of the match’s next seven points – capped by a Mackenzie Richardson kill from Kayley Davis.

It was all Cavs in the fifth and deciding set. SGU raced out to a 10-2 lead after the Lady Rams committed six attack errors. TWU hit only -.056 in the frame. The visitors still rallied to pull to within 14-12 late, but another attack error gave the match to the Cavs.

As a team, SGU hit .095 (46-28-190) compared to TWU’s .080 (56-40-200).

Davis enjoyed a career night, posting a match-high 29 digs. Ashlyn Borussard turned in her ninth double-double of the season (13 digs, 21 digs), and Bianca Olivares totaled a team-best 20 assists. Sarah Ahrens tied her season-high with 17 helpers.

Defensively, the Sooner Athletic Conference’s block leader was at it again, tallying a career-best 10 blocks. Shannon Howard spent her fair share of time at the net, totaling seven rejections.

TWU (12-1, 0-1 SAC) was led by Shelby Stinnett’s 15 kills and 15 digs. Sasha Robinson had a match-high 31 assists.

St. Gregory’s (7-6, 1-0 SAC) travels to No. 18 Oklahoma City Wednesday night. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside Abe Lemons Arena.