St. Gregory's sophomore Cierra Mullins goes after a loose ball during Thursday night's loss to St. Thomas-Houston. (Photo by Br. George Hubl, OSB)

From SGU Sports Info.
Brad Collins, Sports Information DirectorSt Gregory's Cavaliers

SHAWNEE — St. Gregory’s senior libero Daniella Rivera had a game-high 22 digs, but the Cavaliers fell to St. Thomas-Houston in straight sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-15) Thursday night at W.P. Wood Field House in both teams’ season opener.

Kylah Dias poured in a team-high eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage to lead the visitors’ attack. UST hit .202 as a team compared to St. Gregory’s .075. The Celts’ DaVette McCall dug a game-high 25 times.

Tiphani Funk, an All-Sooner Athletic Conference honorable mention selection last year, had a game-high nine kills to lead St. Gregory’s. Maggie Lasater was the Cavs’ assist leader with nine.

The Celts were a blistering .346 after a first set in which they never trailed. Up 12-10 midway through, UST went on a 7-1 run to put it away. The Cavs got up 9-5 early in the second set after consecutive kills by Funk. But the visitors responded with a big run again – this time 12-3 – to turn the momentum.

Another mid-set run in the third completed the sweep. Up 11-10, UST scored eight consecutive points to make it 19-10. St. Gregory’s got no closer than seven the rest of the way.

St. Gregory’s (0-1) makes the return trip to Houston August 29-30 to play in the UST Labor Day Tournament. The Cavs return home September 2 to take on Bacone.

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