Dixie State volleyball: Rare home loss for Storm as Chaminade rallies for victory

Makenzi Bird-Murphey for Dixie State, Dixie State University vs. Chaminade University, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie State volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season Wednesday night, surrendering a two-set lead to Chaminade in front of a rowdy crowd at the old Gymnasium.

dsulogoThe Chaminade Silverswords came back from two sets down to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Chaminade lost the first two sets 25-19, 25-19. In the third set, the ‘Swords were down 23-21 before scoring the last four points to stay alive. Kim Springs scored two of the Chaminade points on kills.

The win seemed to buoy the Silverswords in the fourth set as they won easily 25-18. “We seemed to lose focus,” said Dixie State head coach Robyn Felder. “Those lapses of focus can shift momentum quickly. And against talented teams, it can be difficult to get that momentum back.”

Makenzi Bird-Murphey (17) and Taylor Duryea (4) on the block for Dixie State, Dixie State University vs. Chaminade University, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Makenzi Bird-Murphey (17) and Taylor Duryea (4) on the block for Dixie State, Dixie State University vs. Chaminade University, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Dixie State looked like it would take control early in the fifth, jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind Taylor Duryea’s serves. But Chaminade responded with a 7-1 run. The Silverswords maintained their three-point margin till Duryea began service again. DSU scored four consecutive points to take a 13-12 lead. It was short-lived, however, as Chaminade got a side out on a kill from Spring, then Cassie Rushlow served out the final two points for the victory.

In the first two sets, the Red Storm had 13 kills in each and a hitting percentage of .280. The Chaminade defense stiffened in the last three sets as Dixie State’s attack percentage lowered to .084.

Individually, Duryea led the Storm with 13 kills. Delayne Daniel had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs. The two outside hitters (Duryea and Daniel) were also continual targets for Chaminade serves and responded well tonight with only three receiving errors combined.

Makenzi Bird-Murphey for Dixie State, Dixie State University vs. Chaminade University, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Makenzi Bird-Murphey for Dixie State, Dixie State University vs. Chaminade University, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 7, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“We know we are being targeted,” said Daniel. “It fires me up. I like the challenge.”

Libero Alex Anderson had 39 digs. Kailey Frei had 39 assists. Duryea and Anderson also led the team with three service aces apiece.

“We have to shake this loss off,” said Dixie State team captain Makenzi Bird-Murphey. “We have another game Saturday against another very talented conference team.”

The loss drops DSU to 7-8 overall and 4-3 in the PacWest. Chaminade improves to 11-3, 4-2 in the PacWest. The Storm will host Hawaii Pacific on Saturday. Game time is noon at the Student Activities Center.

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