|Southwest (N.M.) (3-6)||20||16||25||22||1|
|Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz. (1-2)||25||25||19||25||3|
|Southwest (N.M.)||Indv. Leaders||Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.|
|#7 Ashley Preuss - 16||Kills||#11 Leosha Barker - 11|
|#20 Torie Joiner - 4||Blocks||#11 Leosha Barker - 2|
|#12 Karina Grajeda - 19||Digs||#3 Caitlan Sammons - 21|
|#12 Karina Grajeda - 2||Aces||#7 Madison Peters - 4|
|Southwest (N.M.)||Team Statistics||Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.|
Heap Gymnasium was a welcome sight for the Benedictine University Mesa women's volleyball team.
Playing in their home opener after a rough weekend of travel, the Redhawks took care of the University of the Southwest Mustangs on Sunday afternoon, 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22), at Mesa Community College.
Things started out back and forth in the first set until BenU Mesa ripped off four straight points on Caitlan Sammons' serve to take a 23-18 late in the frame, leading to a first-set win.
The Redhawks would continue the momentum into the second set, dominating the frame and taking a 2-0 match lead.
The Mustangs responded with a win in set three to push it to a fourth set and looked poised with a quick start to take set four as well. However, the Redhawks would get back on track with a 12-3 run in set four to finish off Southwest.
BenU had a balanced attack led by Leosha Barker and Savannah Ekis, who tallied 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Olivia Ortiz ran the offense to the tune 45 assists and Sammons led the defense with 21 digs.
The Redhawks return to action on Tuesday, taking on SAGU-American Indian College at Heap Gymnasium. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.