No. 5 Houston Baptist Topples No. 4 Abilene Christian in Five-Set Thriller

first_imgHBU will now move on to the semifinal round and take on No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin in the first semifinal Saturday at 12 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network. NATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 5 Houston Baptist knocked off No. 4 seed Abilene Christian in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament Friday afternoon at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Houston Baptist senior setter Madison O’Brien logged a double-double performance with 20 digs and 48 assists for the Huskies. Mikayla Vivens also made her presence known for HBU with 19 digs and a match-high 19 kills on the afternoon. Abilene Christian’s Jacey Smith recorded double-double figures with 12 kills and 11 digs. Set FourHouston Baptist refused to give up in a crucial fourth set that featured seven lead changes. Madison O’Brien sparked a 7-1 scoring run that created a cushion for the Huskies to go ahead of the Wildcats 21-13. Although Abilene Christian made one final push that brought the Wildcats within two points, 23-21, HBU was able to rattle off three consecutive points to clinch the fourth-set win at 25-21. Houston Baptist’s steady increase in their offensive output was ever-present as the Huskies totaled 16 kills from seven players in game four. Set ThreeHBU jumped ahead to an early 6-4 lead after a kill from Kelly Colwell. However, three consecutive attack errors by the Huskies allowed the Wildcats to regain their lead at 8-6. Lillian Drever provided back-to-back kills for Houston Baptist that locked the score up at 10-10. A kill by Ashtyn Richie placed HBU ahead 12-11 and the Huskies never looked back on the way to a 25-19 win.center_img Set TwoDespite four kills from Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens, the Huskies were unable to overcome the Wildcats in game two. ACU’s defense remained strong as ACU converted six blocks and 22 digs to top HBU 25-16 on the shoulders of Bosse’s 11 second-set assists. Set Five With a trip to the next round on the line, Abilene Christian began the final set with a 7-3 run. Despite a kill from Lauren Walker that placed the Wildcats up 12-9, Houston Baptist responded with  six unanswered points to down ACU 15-12 and claim the match. Set OneAbilene Christian claimed the opening set 25-18 over Houston Baptist following 11 team kills and four blocks by the Wildcats. ACU limited the Huskies to a .049 attack percentage and never trailed after taking a 5-4 lead following a kill from Kendall Bosse. Box Score | Photo Gallery | 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament Homepagelast_img read more