Volleyball wins AAC Championship

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The SMU women’s volleyball team captured the American Athletic Conference Championship on Nov. 15, winning their 15th straight match.

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The Mustangs defeated Houston 3-1 in Moody Coliseum. They won the first two sets 25-14 and 25-15, dropped the third 26-28 and rallied to win the fourth 25-17.

Four Mustangs had double digit kills, including Abbey Bybel (13), Kristen Stehling (13), Katie Hegarty (12), and Janelle Giordano (10). Avery Acker, the national leader in assists per set, contributed 52 assists to go along with eight digs. Morgan Heise tied Dana Powell for second in SMU history with 1,641 assists and also added 32 digs in the match.

SMU clinched at least a share of the conference title. The team has an opportunity to win the title outright with just one win in its final four matches. The Mustangs will travel to UConn on Nov. 20 and second-place Temple on Nov. 22 before they return home to close out the season against USF on Nov. 25 and UCF on Nov. 27.

“We knew that this would make us co-champions, but we didn’t realize that this was going to be a big celebration today,” Acker said. “We were just focused on revenge.”

“I’m proud and I’m excited for this group,” Head Coach Lisa Seifert said. “This group has worked harder collectively than any group that we’ve had. I want it so much for them.”

The Mustangs are 25-3 on the season, including 15-1 in the AAC. They have been receiving votes for the AVCA Top 25 for several weeks and will likely break into the rankings this week.

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