DALLAS, Texas – Senior Peyton Evans (Riverton, Utah/Western Texas College) finished 10 kills, 44 assists and 20 digs to complete the triple-double and boosted McMurry University past Dallas Baptist University 3-2 (17-25, 25-17,25-17, 23-25, 15-9) Thursday evening in Heartland Conference action.
"We got off to a slow start and the girls were able to get past that and finish strong," McM head coach Cammie Petree said following the match.
The slow start that Petree is referencing to is falling behind 17-3 in the first set. The War Hawks were able to rally back and cut the lead to within six late, but couldn't overcome DBU's fast start.
Despite dropping the first set, the way the War Hawks battled back impressed Petree.
"We shifted gears after the first set and made the necessary adjustments," Petree said. "We faced adversity tonight and responded well."
The War Hawks swiftly responded to take sets two and three with identical 25-17 scores.
Leading 18-16 late in the second set Catherine Heath's (Liberty Hill, Texas/Liberty Hill HS) kill made it 19-16 and the War Hawks rattled off six out of the next seven points to clinch the set.
McM had little trouble with the Patriots in the third set. Already up 8-6, the War Hawks scored six-straight points and never looked back.
The fourth set was hotly contested and the teams traded points throughout, but DBU (13-14, 10-5 Heartland) scored seven of the final nine points to force a fifth and final set.
Kelsey Harkins (Elgin, Texas/Elgin HS) opened the fifth set with a kill and back-to-back aces and Kayla Hines (Robinson, Texas/Robinson HS) added a kill, which gave the War Hawks a 4-0 lead. DBU cut to within 5-4, but McM scored 10 out of the next 15 points to clinch set five and the match.
McM previously was 0-5 in matches that went to the fifth set. Petree is glad to see her team go the distance and come up with the win.
"It's so nice to finally win a match in the fifth set," Petree said. "Those types of things can sometimes get into your head. Now we can say we've won a fifth set and move on from there."
Kasi Conners (Abilene, Texas/Abilene HS) finished with 10 kills and nine blocks. Harkins finished with a team-high 14 kills and Hines helped out with 13.
McMurry (12-14, 8-7) welcomes the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith to Kimbrell Arena for a noon start time.
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