Volleyball drops in Pac West Conference after loss to HNU

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The Dixie State College volleyball team faced Holy Names University of California last night and left the Student Activity Center with an overall loss.

Dixie suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Hawks in five games with the scores of 25-14, 27-25, 25-27, 15-25 and 12-15.

The Red Storm had the Hawks at their mercy the first two games and most of the third until they were up 22-13, and the Hawks soared back to steal the game 27-25.

This was the beginning of the trap of losses Dixie couldn’t escape.

The Hawks then built a 10-3 lead early in the fourth set and finished at 15-25 to force a fifth set.

The fifth set started out well for DSC when it had a 2-1 lead as freshman middle blocker Janessa Koelliker and freshman middle blocker Makenzi Bird blocked HNU’s outside hitter Katie Lopez. Unfortunately, that was the only lead Dixie had the entire set as HNU’s outside hitter Rachel Vartanian and Lopez carried the team to victory.

Although Bird had 16 kills, outside hitter Shannon Young had 14 kills, and junior right side Pauline VonDinklage had 11 kills, the Red Storm still drop their record to 6-9 overall and 4-6 in the Pacific West Conference play.

The team prepares to face Azusa Pacific University Saturday in the SAC at 3 p.m.