Despite a 19-kill effort from Emily Gentle Southeastern was unable to build off its third set win and rally, falling top Southwestern Oklahoma State 3-1 on Tuesday night in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.
The loss dropped the Savage Storm to 10-12 overall and 4-4 in Great American Conference play as well as breaking a tie between the two schools who were knotted at fourth in the standings coming into the matchup.
SE will now look to put it in the rear view mirror as it takes to the road for a 7 p.m. meeting with Ouachita Baptist on Oct. 25 in Arkadelphia, Ark.
The 19 kill effort by Gentle matches her second-best offensive outing of the season, marking the third time this year she has reached the 19 mark which is one behind her season best of 20 kills which she has hit twice.
She was the only player to break the double-digit kill mark as Ariel Sanders finished with nine and Courtney miller added seven.
Madelynne Cera turned in 34 assists in the match while also chipping in five kills and four digs.
Taylor Benner and Courtney Miller turned in the top back-row efforts with 17 and 16 digs, respectively, combining for well over half the team's digs as a whole.
Caitlyn Mills led the defense at the net with a total of six blocks, while Gentle added five.
The Storm fell in a 2-0 whole after the Bulldogs hit .333 in the first set and .545 in the second, while SE found itself spinning its wheels at times, hitting .152 and .185 in losses of 25-22 and 25-13.
The roles reversed in the third set as Southeastern cruised to a .429 attack percentage on 13 kills with one error in the set on its way to a 25-15 win to make the match 2-1.
SWOSU jumped to a 7-3 lead in the fourth set and pushed it out to 11-6 before SE started chipping away.Â The Storm then used an 8-2 run to take an 18-17 lead in the set and the dogfight was on.
The teams traded shots, tying the set at 22-22 and going back-and-forth before SE found itself with set point and a 26-25 lead.Â The Bulldogs, however would win three-straight points to steal the set 28-26 and win the match 3-1.