ABOVE: Emily White, senior setter, dives deep to keep the ball in play for her team. White finished the match with 36 digs, leading both sides of the court in individual digs. Despite losing the match against Oklahoma Wesleyan, the Lady Builders played their hearts out in the five set match. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

By Taylor Rodriguez
Staff reporter

Lady Builder Volleyball clashed against the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles last night in an intense five set match during the week of homecoming. Clad in pink paint in support of breast cancer awareness month, the student section cheered during the intense back and forth battle between the two teams.

The Builders fell early to the Eagles in the first set by 7 points, allowing Oklahoma Wesleyan an early set advantage. This, however, did not extinguish the fire on the court or in the student section. The Lady Builders breezed through the next two sets, taking them from Oklahoma Wesleyan and scoring 25-21 for both sets.

Oklahoma Wesleyan came back and struck down the Lady Builders, reversing the score 25-21 in the fourth set. There was a higher error count and a lower hitting percentage in the fourth set from the Lady Builders.

Despite their best effort, the Lady Builders were outmatched in the fifth and final set. Although they lead the court in overall attacks and had lower overall errors that Oklahoma Wesleyan, the final set ended 15-12, in favor of Oklahoma Wesleyan.

On average, the Builders had 10 clean kills, or non returnable strikes, per set. In comparison, Oklahoma Wesleyan had average of 12 kills per set, but a higher overall error count that the Lady Builders.

For more information and box score stats about the match, click here. This puts the Lady Builders record at 15 wins and 8 losses with a 3-4 record in the KCAC rankings.

The Lady Builders will be playing on Friday, October 24 in Salina to face the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes. The match is set to start at 7:00 p.m.