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Mustangs sweep three-game road tournament

The winning streak continues for the SMU volleyball team, as the women went on a three-game sweep this weekend at the Montana Invite in Missoula, Mont.

Starting on Friday, with a 3-2 win over the University of Montana, SMU overcame a 2-0 deficit, taking the final three sets and upsetting the Grizzlies in their first home-opener of the season.

Dropping the first two of five sets, by two and three points respectively, SMU came back to win 25-18, 26-24 and 15-13.

In the third set, the Mustangs scored seven of the last eight points, including a six-point run, led with two aces by senior Carly Berquist.

In the fifth set, with the help of sophomore Dana Powell finishing the first match with 19 kills (10 in the final two sets), SMU went on an 11-6 run in the final set, holding the Grizzlies to two points or fewer, two times in a row.

Senior Kendra Kahanek scored a season-high seven blocks in addition to her 13 kills, and freshman Courtney Manning tied her career-high 12 kills along with three blocks. Sophomore Kelli Becerra had her third double-double of the season with 44 assisted kills and 17 digs.

Later that day, SMU defeated Arizona State University 3-2 in the team’s third consecutive five-set match.

SMU scored six straight points in the final set to take a 10-4 lead. Despite ASU pulling within two points of the win, the Mustangs came away with the victory, 15-13.

Becerra improved to her fourth double-double of the season with 56 assists and 10 digs, while Powell recorded her seventh double-double with 26 kills and 19 digs.

In the final match of the weekend, SMU swept North Dakota University 3-0, giving head coach Lisa Seifert her 200th career win. The win also extended SMU’s winning streak to four in a row.

Powell, the tournament’s MVP, had 17 kills and seven digs against North Dakota. Becerra, who closed out the tournament with her fourth consecutive double-double and sophomore Sidney Stewart with a match-high 18 digs, also received All-Tournament honors.

SMU struggled in the third set to close out the tournament, as North Dakota managed to take an 18-17 lead after rebounding from a three-point deficit, but the Mustangs closed the game out with an 8-3 run, winning 25-21.

The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum for the SMU Invite beginning on Sept.18 against Texas State University at 11:30 a.m.

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