ABILENE — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets’ woes continued on the volleyball court over the weekend as their drought reached a dozen games following straight-set losses to American Southwest Conference rivals McMurry and Hardin-Simmons.
On Friday, the Lady Jackets were swept by McMurry, 25-12, 25-16, 25-15.
Pacing the Howard Payne offense with eight kills was Zhartaezia Bradley trailed by Kailey Doering with six, Kylie Metcalf with four, Mya Ross with three and McKenna Walker, Amaya Marshall and Christian Wilson with one apiece.
Walker dished out 19 assists while Bradley and Ross were credited with one each. Howard Payne did not record a service ace.
Defensively, Marshall finished with nine digs followed by Doering and Wilson with seven apiece, Walker and Ross with six each, Bradley and Jada Terry each with two and Ashley Hessler with one.
At the net, Bradley notched three blocks followed by two each from Marshall, Doering and Metcalf and one by Alexi Bushong.
McMurry (16-3, 6-2) received nine kills from Khristyn Howard, 21 assists and 12 digs from Lauryn Davis, three aces and 12 digs from Odalis Rodriguez and two blocks from Jada Cortez.
On Saturday, the Lady Jackets suffered a 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 loss at the hands of Hardin-Simmons.
Bradley recorded 14 kills for HPU trailed by five each from Marshall and Ross, two apiece from Metcalf and Doering and one each by Walker and Hessler.
Walker collected 26 assists while Wilson was credited with three and Ross added one.
Marshall also served both Lady Jacket aces.
On the defensive end, Wilson logged seven digs followed by Doering with six, Bradley and Walker each with four, Ross with three, Marshall with two and Jada Terry with one.
Metcalf, Marshall, Hessler and Bradley tallied one block apiece.
Hardin-Simmons (13-7, 5-5) received 10 kills from Allison Kuster, 18 assists from Ashley Pierce, four aces and 11 digs from Meagan Bauer, and three blocks from Peyton Mandrell.
The Lady Jackets (2-16, 1-10) visit the University of the Southwest at 6 p.m. Tuesday in non-conference action, then compete in the second ASC Crossover in Tyler on Friday and Saturday against host UT-Tyler, East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau.