DURANT – Aleksandra Rodic and Skylor Lewis each collected double-digit kills and Caroline Griffith led all defenders with eight total blocks but it was not enough to lift Southeastern to a win on Tuesday night against Southern Nazarene, falling 3-1.
The win puts Southern Nazarene at 2-0 for the first time since the 2017 campaign.
GAC Setter of the Week Breckynn Myers had an inspiring outing, as the sophomore finished with 38 assists, nine digs and 1.5 blocks for SNU.
Meagan Ellis and Jacy Braziel were catalysts in the SNU victory. Ellis recorded nine kills and 13 digs. Braziel tallied eight kills and three digs. Freshman Whitney Bowie chipped in seven kills for the Crimson Storm.
Southeastern’s Lewis collected her first double-double of the year with 12 kills while picking up 15 digs as well. Ruthie Forson continued to trigger the offense to the tune of 39 assists while adding in five kills and six digs.
Defensively, Griffith posted eight total blocks, four solo and four assisted, while Jocelyn Grewing added three total blocks and SE held a 10-to-7 edge in team blocks for the match. Grace Shehadeh turned in her second-straight 20-plus dig performance, leading the way for the Storm with 22 digs, while Lewis and Rodic joined her in double-figures with 15 apiece.
Southeastern took the opening set on the strength of an 8-2 mid-set run to turn an 11-11 tie into a 19-13 lead.
The teams would trade points to close out the set, but a Shehadeh service ace would end it with a 25-18 Savage Storm win.
Southeastern hit a rough spot early in set two as the Crimson Storm erased an early SE lead with an 8-3 run and would end the match scoring seven of the last nine points to take the set 25-14 and even the match at 1-1.
SNU jumped out early in the third set, taking a 9-2 lead, but the Savage Storm chipped away and would close the gap to 17-14 on Forson kill.
The Crimson Storm responded with a 6-1 run, but Southeastern bounced back as well, taking four of the next six points but the rally would run out of gas as SNU took the set 25-19.
The fourth set saw the teams trading runs early before Southern Nazarene would pull ahead 20-11.
Southeastern rallied big with six-straight points to close the gap to 20-17.
Following the rally the teams would trade points, with the Savage Storm fighting off a pair of match points beginning at 24-19, but were unable to complete the comeback in a 25-21 loss in the fourth and deciding set.
SNU sophomore Sunny Batschelett followed up her strong season opener last week with another excellent effort against the Savage Storm. She led the way for SNU with a team-high 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage to go along with 3.0 blocks and a couple of assists.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 0-2 on the year in Great American Conference Western Division play as the squad will get back on the road with a 7 p.m. matchup against Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla., on Feb. 9.