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Things could not have started off much better for the Dallas Baptist Lady Patriots (15-7, 8-3) on Thursday night against UT-Permian Basin (12-13, 5-6) in Dallas. Early in the first set, DBU led 5-1 and seemingly were going to make easy work of the Lady Falcons. But then, UTPB crawled back to tie the score, then worked for a win, then another, and before they could breathe, the Lady Patriots were on the brink of being swept by the fourth-place team in the conference. But that’s when fortunes changed and DBU seized momentum and took over the match, rallying for a five-set victory and a firmer grasp on second-place in the Heartland Conference with four league games left to play before the conference tournament.

DBU won the final three games (25-22, 25-18, and 15-12) with a relentless offensive attack and a stingy defense. On the night, Erika Papadeas and Tiara Iwegbu combined for 38 kills with Iwegbu putting down some thundering, momentum-shaking attacks in the final two frames. Kristin Secord added 17 kills and Ashley Kay also recorded double-digits with 12. On the defensive side, Cameron Hartson showed her gritty side, like she does night in and night out, and sprawled for 26 digs to lead the back row. Papadeas also shined on the back line with 21 digs to complete her all-around effort on the evening. Kaycie Bird and Tyler Bradsher continued their two-headed attack quarterbacking the offense and finished the night with 30 and 28 assists, respectively.

With the win, DBU moves a half-game ahead of St. Edward’s for second place in the league, behind an undefeated Arkansas-Fort Smith. The Lady Patriots will take a break from conference action with games against McMurry and West Texas A&M before returning to Heartland play on November 1 against Oklahoma Panhandle State across the border. They will close with a match against St. Edward’s in Austin on November 3 and two home matches against St. Mary’s and Texas A&M International, November 8 and November 10. Fans can follow all the action here on