SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Belmont volleyball (1-5) fell to UTSA in four sets, 20-25, 15-25, 25-22, 22-25, Saturday afternoon in UTSA Invitational.
"Today was a big step forward for our team," said head coach Deane Webb. "Two days after not competing at all vs. UTSA, this match was competitive throughout."
Belmont went on a 3-0 run early in the first set to take a 4-2 lead over the Roadrunners. Attack errors by UTSA allowed the Bruins to regain the lead and short runs gave them a three point lead.
Belmont's wasn't able to maintain their lead as UTSA evened the set and the two teams exchanged points back and forth. The Roadrunners closed out the opening set, 25-20.
In the second set, Belmont got on the board first because of an attack error, but UTSA scored seven unanswered points before junior Allison McCoy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) responded with a kill, which sparked a Belmont run.
The Roadrunners again seven unanswered points giving them a 23-13 lead, they were able to end the second set, 25-15, taking a 2-0 lead at the break.
After the break, the Bruins took a 7-1 lead over UTSA and eventually won the set, 25-22. The Roadrunners put together short runs, but Belmont continued to extend their lead.
The Bruins allowed UTSA to come within one at 21-20 but Roadrunner attack errors and a kill from McCoy gave Belmont the win.
McCoy and freshman Jocelyn Youngdahl (Stillwater, Minn.) led Belmont with three kills apiece in the third set. Sophomore Scarlet Gable (Munford, Tenn.) and junior setter Hannah Miranda (Covington, La.) each added two.
In the fourth set, UTSA jumped out to an early 4-0 start and the Bruins put together a 3-0 run to come within one. The set would see three ties before Belmont took the lead.
Belmont led by as many as four points, before UTSA tied the set at 20 and a kill gave them a one-point lead, but a kill from redshirt freshman Maddison Croft (Edwardsville, Ill.) evened the set at 21.
Despite controlling the set, the Bruins couldn't hold off UTSA as they took the fourth set, 25-22 and won the match.
McCoy, who recorded a .345 attack percentage, led Belmont with 11 kills. Gable added 10 kills. Miranda paced the defense with 22 digs while junior libero Jamie Lundstrom (La Grange, Ill.) recorded 20 digs.
"Our middles continue to impress, and our team defense improved today. Averaging 17 digs per game and 2 blocks per game are numbers that are good for us right now. Hannah digging 22 balls from the setter position is outstanding," said Webb.
Belmont will be back on the road in Athens, Ohio, as the team competes in the Ohio Invitational. The Bruins will face Montana State at 9:00 a.m. Friday, August 7.