Patriots Fall For First Time in Conference Play

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Battling one of the top teams in the Heartland Conference Saturday afternoon, the Dallas Baptist Lady Patriots (8-4, 4-1) fell to Arkansas Fort-Smith (10-1, 4-0) in four games, losing in conference play for the first time this season and ending their seven game winning streak. This was the first loss since September 1 for Cathy Kokel and the Lady Patriots and it came after hard-fought games and chances to win two of three of the sets late.

DBU dropped the first set, 27-25, after holding serve at 25 all. A service error and an attack error gave the Lady Lions the two points they needed to complete the game and gave them momentum into the second game. The Lady Patriots, however, saw to it that the momentum was short-lived 14-9 lead in the second set and increased the lead from there to win going away, 25-17. DBU hit .333 in the second game while holding Fort Smith to a .176 percentage. From there, however, the Lady Lions took control of the match, winning the third set, 25-20, and squeaking out the deciding fourth, 25-23. For the match, DBU out-hit the Lady Lions, .265 to .259, but in the end, UAFS came up with 71 kills to DBU’s 64.

Cameron Hartson filled out her usual stat sheet with 33 digs in the match and Erika Papadeas led the way on offense with 25 kills. Kristin Secord was the other Lady Patriot who tallied double-digit kills with 13, while Tadam Mergener andTiara Iwegbu chipped in two solo blocks apiece. Kaycie Bird and Tyler Bradsher helped quarterback the offense with 28 and 26 assists, respectively.

The Lady Patriots will not play again until Thursday, September 27, as they travel to UT-Permian Basin for a 7:00 pm start. Their next home action is set for September 29 as they play host to McMurry University at 12:00 pm in The Burg Center.

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