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story.lead_photo.caption After falling to OBU, the Lady Mulerider volleyball team will play in Alabama this weekend. - Photo by Southern Arkansas University

ARKADELPHIA - Southern Arkansas opened its Great American Conference volleyball schedule Tuesday by winning set one 25-23 against Ouachita Baptist, but dropped the final two sets 25-21 and 25-16. They will return to action this weekend in the West Alabama Tournament in Livingston.

Seven Powers and Gabby Thrower led the Lady Muleriders with 14 kills on 35 attempts each. Powers added three service aces, two blocks and six digs as well. Morgan Gross was the other Lady Mulerider with double-digit kills with 12.

Alana Perez led all players with a game-high 19 digs. The junior from Crosby, Texas, now has 112 digs this fall, only 64 off her total from the entire 2018 season.

Morgan Schuster put up a career-high 48 assists in this contest. The Arlington, Texas native out-assisted the entire Ouachita Baptist team, 48-47. The freshman setter added in four kills and two service errors.

In golf, the Muleriders logged a sixth-place finish at the 21st Annual NSU Golf Classic on Tuesday in Muskogee, Okla. The Muleriders concluded their second tournament of the fall with a pair of players in senior Kade Johnson and junior Roman Timmerman recording top 15 finishes.

Johnson finished at 3-under, shooting 71-68-71 to finish at 210. Timmerman concluded round three with a 76 which is added to his Monday rounds of 67 and 68 to give the junior a 211 at 2-under and in a tie for 16th place.

Freshman Logan Stephens posted a 72 in Tuesday’s round and finishes at plus-9 with a total of 222 after back-to-back 75s. Senior Calum Graham’s 74 in round three put the Scot at 224 (+11). Junior Garrett Davis finishes at 12-over with a 225.

SAU finished sixth with a three round total of 860 (+8). The Muleriders were seven strokes back of Southwestern Oklahoma State, edged Harding by a single stroke and topped Henderson State by three strokes.

The Muleriders will be in action again on October 7-8 at the Central Region Invitational hosted by Missouri Western State in St. Joseph, MO.

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