ACU Becomes First No. 8 Seed to Advance to Southland Championship

first_imgSet TwoFor the second-straight set, it was the hands of Mueller that ended it as the freshman provided the kill to win the set 27-25 for ACU. The Wildcats lost a 15-14 lead midway through the set, playing catch up the rest of the way until McNeil sent a kill to regain the lead at 26-25. ACU added another four blocks to its name with setter Kendall Bosse garnering one block solo and two block assists. Wooten put up another impressive set for the Huskies, two kills shy of claiming a double-double in the set alone, downing eight and digging 10. HBU’s Madison O’Brien also posted 10 digs while Bailey Banks claimed six kills for a Huskies’ offense that hit .204.VB: #8 seed @ACU_Volleyball rallies back to win 2nd set 27-25 over @HBU_Volleyball. Now 2-0 Wildcats, one set win away from spot in final. pic.twitter.com/RmsZFnhvFV— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 After becoming the first eight-seed in conference history to defeat a No. 1 seed, the Wildcats are heading to the Southland championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a four-set win over No. 4 Houston Baptist (26-24, 27-15, 19-25, 25-23) on Saturday in the first semifinal of the day. This is the Wildcats’ first conference tournament championship in their first season eligible for Southland postseason since transitioning to Division I. Set FourIt seemed as if the match was going to five sets as HBU took at 20-17 lead into the last stretch of the match, but ACU rallied three straight points to make it 20-20 and force a Huskies’ timeout. It was tied at 23-23 when Mueller delivered her 10th kill of the match before a handling error on O’Brien finished the set for the Wildcats. ACU had hit just .042 for the set but were able to post four blocks for the set to end the match with 13 team blocks. The Huskies had a .020 attack percentage with Banks leading the way with four to her name.VB: @ACU_Volleyball punches its ticket to the championship final. The #8 seed tops HBU 3-1. #GoWildcats #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/oYPCAgTgj3— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 ACU’s junior outside hitter Jacey Smith and freshman outside hitter Katelyn Mueller each claimed a double-double in the Wildcats second Southland tournament win. Smith hit .271 with 20 kills to go alongside her 10 digs. Mueller had 15 digs with 10 kills as sophomore libero Amanda Chapa led the Wildcat defense with 31 digs. Senior setter Kendall Bosse marshalled an ACU attack that hit .170 for the match, assisting on 43 kills. The Wildcats will battle for the championship against the winner of No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN3. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 8 Abilene Christian continues its Southland Conference historic run in tournament play. Set ThreeTied at 19-19, HBU rallied off six consecutive points to take the 25-19 and extend the match. The Huskies had its best hitting of the day with a .256 clip behind Gillard’s four kills on five attacks and Banks’ four kills on 10 attacks, but it was their defense that proved to be the difference maker as the team produced six blocks and kept ACU to a match-low .106 hitting percentage. Banks also added seven digs in the set. Smith had six kills on 15 attacks for the Wildcats.VB: @HBU_Volleyball still alive. Kill by Banks ends 3rd set, 25-19 HBU over @ACU_Volleyball. Now 2-1 ACU. Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/KQYksewRFt— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 Set OneDown 24-23 in the first set, ACU’s Katelyn Mueller delivered the final three points for the Wildcats to go up 1-0 in the match, putting away back-to-back kills – her first two of the match – before going up on a block solo to end it. The set was close early with the teams tying eight times in the first 19 points before the Wildcats started pulling away, leading as most as 17-12 when HBU called its second timeout. The ACU defense combined for four blocks early on with Lorin McNeil and Corinne Grandcolas pairing for three of those. The Wildcats hit .293 for the set with Jacey Smith leading the way with five kills and Lauren Walker and McNeil each notching four kills on six total attacks. Wooten led all players with seven digs and had the most kills for the Huskies with four.VB: 26-24 @ACU_Volleyball tops @HBU_Volleyball in opening set of semifinal. Mueller block ends it. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/95vRuhiBar— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 For the second time this tournament, HBU’s senior outside hitters Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks led the team with double-doubles as Wooten had a team-leading 30 digs to go along with her 15 kills while Banks notched a team-best 16 kills on top of her 22 digs. The pair each had one block solo and three block assists as the Huskies ended the match with 14 blocks. Junior setter Madison O’Brien recorded 52 assist on the Huskies’ 61 kills.last_img

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