Houston Baptist snaps UTSA's four-match winning streak with Monday sweep
HOUSTON — UTSA saw its four-match winning streak come to an end on Monday night, as Houston Baptist swept the Roadrunners by scores of 25-21, 25-21, 25-21.
UTSA (6-3) was hampered by a .152 hitting percentage on the night. Sophomore Dempsey Thornton paced the Birds with 12 kills, while junior Paige Hamilton collected 16 digs.
The Huskies (8-4) also struggled offensively by hitting .198, but they received a match-high 16 winners from Jasmine Casey. Victoria Weatherly handed out 39 assists and Heather Leaverton recorded a double-double of a match-best 19 digs and a dozen kills.
With the opening set tied at 16, Houston Baptist reeled off three consecutive points. The Birds, who hit just .122 in the panel, battled back to within one at 22-21, but the Huskies held off the late charge by winning the final two points.
UTSA improved their offense in the second frame with a .146 hitting percentage, but the Roadrunners were unable to even the match despite holding Houston Baptist to a .047 clip.
The Huskies used a late 7-3 spurt to take a commanding lead in the contest, as Casey led the way with four winners.
UTSA was unable to avoid the sweep after the Huskies raced out to a 12-6 advantage in the final stanza. The Roadrunners won 15 of the final 28 points, but it was not enough.
The Roadrunners will return home to open Western Athletic Conference play against Utah State (5-4) on Thursday night. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center.