The Moody Magic continues as ACU took down Houston Baptist in four sets to keep its undefeated record at home intact. The Huskies were the first of four teams that will test the Wildcats and their perfect 6-0 record at Moody Coliseum before the season ends.
After losing in the team’s first meeting this season, ACU was able to take its revenge on Houston Baptist by several crucially times blocks and outhitting the Huskies .284 to .179.
The Wildcats started off quickly in game one, but allowed HBU to comeback and tie the game at 17, before finishing on a 8-4 run to end the game with a 25-21 victory. The second set was a little more in the favor of the Huskies, as they led for most of the game, before ACU made a late 8-2 run to take a brief lead. HBU would take the lead back and forced it to match point, but the Wildcats would not be denied as they tied the game a few more times, and forced the set into extra points, eventually winning the set 28-26. The win gave ACU a two set lead heading into the break.
The third set proved to be a back and forth battle as the lead would change hands several times. At one point it seemed like ACU would be able to get their first sweep at home with the score 22-21 in favor of ACU, but the Huskies would score four of the next five points to steal this one away 25-23.
ACU would erase the third set with a quick victory over the Huskies 25-13. This is the largest margin of victory that the Wildcats have managed in a set this year.
Dorothy Swanson led the way for the Wildcats as she had a career high 20.5 points and 19 kills. Jacey Smith followed with 16.0 points and 15 kills. Kendall Bosse led the game with 50 assists and Amanda Chapa led the game with 19 digs. Courtney Miller continues to put up a good showing in her extended playing time in the rotation with Lauren Walker out. Miller had a game-high six blocks and tied for the game high in aces with two.
With the win, it puts the Wildcats (9-19, 8-5) a half-game ahead of the Huskies (17-13, 8-6) in the Southland Conference standings. ACU would have moved up to possess sole ownership of third, but Sam Houston played two games in the time ACU had one, and came away with wins in each to tie the Wildcats’ 8-5 record in conference games. ACU owns the tie-breaker with a 3-2 victory over SHSU.
ACU will take on Lamar (6-19, 6-7) Saturday in the second home defense of the four-straight games at Moody.