Saturday, November 04, 2017

HBU downs Northwestern State Lady Demons 3-1; qualifies for SLC Volleyball Tourney

Photo by Robert H Kelly
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 4, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies punched their ticket to the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament with a 3-1 win over the Northwestern State Lady Demons at Sharp Gymnasium on Saturday. The Huskies won the first two sets; 25-21 and 25-19, before dropping the third set 15-25. They rallied in the fourth set, narrowly outscoring the Lady Demons 25-23 to take the match and their ninth conference win.

The Huskies were led by middle blocker Blair Gillard, who recorded 11 kills five digs, five blocks and three assists. Fellow senior Bailey Banks, who plays outside hitter, had seven digs and seven kills, to go along three assists and a block.

Next up for the Huskies is a Thursday, November 9 match up against New Orleans, followed by a Saturday, November 11 game versus Southeastern Louisiana to close out the regular season. HBU will kickoff the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament on Friday, November 17 against a yet undermined opponent. The Huskies currently stand in fourth place in conference play, behind SFA (13-2), Central Arkansas (12-2), and Sam Houston State (10-4).

The Southland Conference Tournament will be hosted by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at the Dugan Wellness Center. The first six matches will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network with the championship game stream live on ESPN3. The winner of the Southland Conference Tournament will receive an automatic bod to the NCAA National Championship Tournament.

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