By Joshua Parrott, Sports Writer
With hopes of a postseason appearance in the Lone Star Conference Tournament at stake, the ACU volleyball team rallied from a 24-17 deficit in the fourth game of Tuesday’s match at Midwestern State to steal a 3-2 win over the Lady Indians.
ACU heads on the road this weekend, taking on St. Mary’s Friday at 7 p.m. and St. Ed-ward’s Saturday at 2 p.m.
Head coach Brek Horn said this weekend is going to be another learning experience for the Wildcats, who are now 12-9 overall, 2-3 in the LSC South.
“I know that both matches are going to be tough matches, but we’re going to make some adjustments and beat them,” Horn said. “They’re both going to be tough regional opponents.”
The Wildcats trailed Mid-western State in the fourth game before recovering to take the game 30-26. That momentum overflowed into a 15-11 win in the fifth game of the match as ACU put away the Lady Indians.
Horn said the come-from-behind win had a positive effect on the Wildcats.
“The last two matches have lasted five games, but we won both of them,” Horn said. “That is helping our confidence and is going to help us go into this weekend with some confidence.”
Both junior outside hitter Haylee Hartline and freshman outside hitter Michelle Bernhardt dominated the Lady Indians, accumulating 22 kills apiece. Freshman rightside hitter Amanda Slate added 13 kills for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats return to their home court to take on Angelo State Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. ACU dropped an Oct. 1 five-game match to the Rambelles, but Horn said that things have changed since the earlier meeting.
“I know that since then we have matured, so if we go in there with a little confidence, I think we will win the match as easily as we lost it here,” Horn said.