The Central Christian College of Kansas volleyball team were just barely unable to secure their first Sooner Athletic Conference of the season, falling to the Langston University Lions in four sets 26-28, 25-19, 26-28, 17-25.
The night started slowly for the Tigers, falling behind the Lions 4-9 early in the first set. But the Tigers would work their way back into it, and even lead 18-15 at one point. The set would go back and forth, taking extra points to settle it. The Tigers would have an opportunity to take the first set as they took a 26-25 lead, but an attack error by the Tigers would even it up at 26-26. A block by the Lions would give them the 27-26 lead, and then they would put it away the next point 28-26. It looked like the Lions would take all the momentum and run with it in the second set, as they jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. But once again the Tigers showed their fight, tying it back up at 7-7. Again, the two teams would trade blows until the 19-19 point, when the Tigers would close out the set with six straight points. Heading into the crucial third set, both teams knew that winning this set would put them on the cusp of victory. With that in mind, neither team budged an itch, going point for point the whole way, until it was 24-23 in favor of the Tigers. Unfortunately, the Tigers wouldn't be able to secure the set point, and once again the set would go to extra points, which the Lions would take control of and win the set 28-26 for the second time in the match. It looked like the wind was out of the Tigers' sails, as Langston would take a fast 12-5 lead in the fourth set. But once again, the Tigers fought back into the set, getting the lead down to 14-12. But the Tigers just didn't have enough in them, as Langston would eventually pull away to win the set 25-17 and take the match 3-1.
On the night, the Tigers hit for a 0.121 hitting percentage, tallying 44 kills versus 25 errors on 157 total attacks. The Lions hit a 0.165 hitting percentage, with 59 kills against 31 errors on 170 total attacks. Langston recorded four services and dug up 76 balls, while the Tigers recorded six service aces and dug up 74 balls. Both teams had five total blocks in the match. Individually, the Tigers were led by Rebekah Glessnerand Marissa Waddel with 11 kills each, Desiree Padilla with 24 digs, and McKenzee Cook with 32 assists.
The Tigers will be in action one last time this year, as they welcome John Brown University into McPherson on Saturday at 1 p.m.. As it is Senior Day, the seniors on the team will be honored before the match.