DBUPatriots.com – The Lady Patriots closed out their road trip as they fell to Newman in three sets. DBU outplayed NU on defense recording more kills and digs than their opponent but they could not find their offense in this matchup. Sidnee Jo Fitzpatrick continued her outstanding junior by adding another 14 kills and 2 blocks. Lauren Nicks has also been exceptional as of late and she tallied on another 17 digs on the season.
Newman began the first set with an early 1-5 lead as they set the tone at the start. The point differential remained at four points in the favor of NU with a 14-18 score. Newman took off from that point and the Lady Patriots were unable to catch them as NU won the first set 19-25.
Down 7-13 in the second set, DBU needed some push to get back into the game. Behind senior leader Carly Hess, that is exactly what the Lady Patriots got. They scored four straight closing the gap to 11-13 and making it out to be battle to the finish. DBU tied it and took the lead after a 3-0 run to make it a 21-20 game as they hoped to steal the second set. Newman did not allow this after the scored the final two points when the score was tied 23-23. NU took the second set 23-25.
Newman ignited a ferocious nine consecutive points to start the first set, which gave them a comfortable 3-11 lead. Then NU returned with another devastating six-point run to increase the margin to 6-17. This lead proved to be insurmountable for the Lady Patriots as they dropped the final set 13-15.
With five straight games not going the way DBU has planned, it is important for the team to remain positive and focus on what is ahead.
BY THE NUMBERS
.179 – Hitting percentage recorded by DBU
40 – Kills by DBU compared to NU’s 38
5 – Aces by NU while DBU had 0
55 – Digs by DBU opposed to NU’s 51
The Lady Patriots have 6 days off as they prepare to be back at home next Friday at 6 against conference opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State.