By COURTLIN HAYGARTH | HSU Sports Network
Alva, Okla. — After falling behind 2-0, Henderson State rallied to win the next three sets to defeat Northwestern Oklahoma State University 3-2, snapping a seven-match losing streak in conference play.
Aleah Stogner led the Reddies attack with 17 kills, setting a new career-high for the true freshman. The Harvest, Alabama native had an impressive .342 attack percentage and was tied for the second most blocks on the team with three.
Along with Stogner, Dani Dagley had a career-high night, tallying 29 digs, surpassing her previous total of 26 in last week’s match against East Central.
Sophomore setter Madison Hatt has now recorded a double-double in her last three matches, tallying 24 assists and 15 digs. Freshman Nathalie Van registered her first double-double ever as a Reddie with 15 assists and 14 digs.
The Reddies opened the scoring, but a flurry of attacks by the Rangers gave them a 4-1 lead. HSU fought back to tie the set 4-4 and eventually took the lead 5-4, forcing NWOSU to call a timeout.
After the break, the two sides went point for point, with the score at a tie four times. At 19-19, Northwestern Oklahoma had a pair of kills to create breathing room, and another pair of kills won them the set 25-19.
A back-and-forth start to the set saw both sides deadlocked at 5-5. The Rangers had a four-point run to take the advantage, 9-5. HSU climbed back into the set with three kills to trail 10-9. Northwestern Oklahoma scored in bursts to go up 15-11. The Rangers kept up the scoring, winning the set 25-16.
Henderson jumped to an early 3-1 lead, but Northwestern Oklahoma quickly tied the set at 4-4 and 6-6. The Reddies had a flurry of attacks, outscoring the Rangers 5-2 to lead 11-8. HSU kept up the scoring to take an eight-point lead, 19-11. NWOSU tried to close the gap, but it proved too large. Henderson won its first set of the match 25-19.
Like the other three sets, not much separated the two sides in the beginning. The two teams were tied seven times before the Reddies took a two-point lead at 15-13. HSU kept on the front foot, expanding its lead to 19-15. Henderson would be forced into a timeout after the Ranger closed the gap to 19-17.
Out of the timeout, the Reddies outscored the Rangers 4-2 to lead 23-19. In a must-win set, kills from Stogner and Brae Denton would win the frame 25-22 and force a fifth set.
After going down 5-2, Henderson fought with an eight-point run to lead 10-5. The Reddies attack stayed hot, outscoring the Rangers 5-2 to win the set 15-7 and completing their comeback. HSU finished with an attack average of .276 while holding its opposition to .000.
Henderson (8-14, 2-8) resumes action Friday against Southwestern Oklahoma State University at 4 p.m.