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Volleyball falls just short of another tournament title

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SMU volleyball looked to win its second tournament in as many weeks, but fell to No. 17 UCLA in the championship match of the UC Santa Barbara Invitational on Saturday. The loss snapped a six-game win streak.

The Mustangs dropped the match 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-16), but setter Avery Acker posted her sixth double-double of the season with 28 assists and 11 digs. She totaled 119 assists in 11 sets in the tournament and earned American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Acker and middle blocker Janelle Giordano earned all-tournament honors.

SMU won its first two matches in the tournament, knocking off UC Santa Barbara and No. 18 San Diego en route to the championship match.

The Mustangs took a 2-0 set lead against UCSB on Friday, but the Gauchos clawed back with a 26-24 win in the third set. SMU took the match with a 25-17 win in the next set. Outside hitter Abbey Bybel finished with 16 kills and Acker recorded 47 assists in the match.

San Diego opened SMU’s Saturday doubleheader with a commanding 25-15 first-set win, but the Mustangs bounced back and took the next three sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) for the win. Opposite hitter Katie Hegarty matched a career-high with 11 kills and seven blocks.

SMU returns home to host the SMU Doubletree Invitational this weekend. The team takes on Clemson at 1 p.m. and TCU at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 and will follow the doubleheader with a match against UTSA on Saturday, Sept. 19. This will be the last non-conference tournament for the Mustangs this season.

SMU starts league play on Sept. 25 against Houston. The Mustangs earned 33 votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, which puts them at 30th in the national rankings.

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