A trio of Southeastern attackers topped double-digit kills in the match, but it was not enough as the Savage Storm fell 3-0 to Central Oklahoma in a Tuesday night matchup against the former in-state rival.
SE dropped the first set 25-23, set two 25-19 and the closing set 25-20. The loss drops the Storm to 2-18 overall on the season as the squad will now hit the road for the first of a three-match Great American Conference road swing that begins Oct. 12 at Southern Arkansas in Magnolia, Ark.
Megan Kunkel led the way with 13 kills on the night while hitting .278, but it was a surging Ariel Sanders who set a personal season-best with 11 kills on the evening with a .240 hitting percentage.
Emily Gentle also added 11 kills, eclipsing the double-digit kills mark for the 10th time this season and third time in-a-row.
Madelynne Cera and Marina Dias split the assists almost evenly in their fourth set since moving to a dual setter system. Cera led the way with 15 assists while Dias was right behind with 14.
Cera and Dias each chipped in a pair of kills as well, with Dias adding eight digs and Cera pitching in two.
Taylor Benner led the back-row defense for the Storm with 14 digs to pace a group of three defenders with double-digit dig marks.
Joining Benner were Gentle who added 13 digs and Kunkel who chipped in 12.
At the net, Jasmine Everage turned in three blocks on the night, while Cera added two.
SE jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the opening set and would hold the advantage for most of the set until a 4-0 run triggered a 10-4 run that would leave the teams tied at 20-20. The Storm would then connect on the next two points, but UCO would finish on a 5-1 run to cap the 25-23 set win.
The Bronchos used a pair of four-point runs in the set to pull away and lead by as much as 21-13. SE would mount a 5-1 run to close that gap to 22-18, but UCO would score three of the final four points to win the set 25-19.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair until a 9-2 run left the Storm trailing 19-12. SE would again mount a comeback, however, scoring seven of the next 10 points to cut the deficit to 22-19.
UCO would then hit back-to-back points and hold on for the 25-20 win in the clincher.