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'Roos Fall to ETBU and McMurry

'Roos Fall to ETBU and McMurry

SHERMAN, Texas –The Austin College volleyball team dropped both of its matches on day two of the 21stAnnual Austin College Invitational on Saturday, falling 3-0 to East Texas Baptist before coming up short in a comeback bid against McMurry 3-1. The 'Roos are now 5-3 overall on the season. 

The 'Roos got off to a slow start against East Texas Baptist and never recovered, falling 25-14 in the first set before dropping the next two by scores of 25-18 and 25-19. The 'Roos hit -.038 as a team, with 29 attacking errors in the match. Kristen Massey led the way with seven kills, while Hannah Arbaugh had 18 digs and Mari Prazak added 16. Brooklyn Talley had a double-double with 13 assists and 11 digs. 

Against undefeated McMurry, the 'Roos again got out to a sluggish start, dropping the first set 25-13. The 'Roos started to gain momentum in the second set before falling 25-23, but carried that momentum into the third, which they took by a score of 25-23. Austin College would come up just short, however, with McMurry putting them away 25-21 in another hotly contested set. Arbaugh paced the 'Roos with 11 kills and added 19 digs, while Talley and Sam Fawcett each had 20 assists. Massey, Shelbi Cook, and Aelyn Rodriguez each had eight kills, and Prazak led the 'Roos with 23 digs. 

The 'Roos open up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play next weekend, beginning with a match against Texas Lutheran on Friday at 3:00 p.m. on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville.

Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.