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Texas Lutheran qualifies for 2019 SCAC Championship tournament after 2-2 weekend

Peyton Sulak (photo by Dustin Wyatt)
Peyton Sulak (photo by Dustin Wyatt)
SHERMAN, Texas -- After failing to qualify for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball Championship tournament a year ago, the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs are back in the SCAC post-season after completing conference regular-season play with a 9-9 mark.
With a few conference matches still to be played, TLU can do no worse than the No. 6 seed for the conference tournament, to be hosted by TLU Nov. 8-10 in Memorial Gymnasium (Jim Shuler Court).
The Bulldogs could be as high as a No. 5 seed depending on the outcome of the last few SCAC regular-season matches.
The top six teams in the SCAC regular-season standings qualify for the conference championship tournament. Centenary (La.) currently sits in the seventh spot and already has 10 conference losses.
This weekend, TLU went 2-2 at the SCAC Cross-Division Tournament in Sherman, Texas. The tournament, hosted by Austin College, saw TLU go 1-1 on Saturday with a loss to University of Dallas and a win over Centenary. On Sunday, TLU fell to Colorado College and defeated Schreiner.
The Bulldogs now hold an overall record of 18-15.
Sunday against sixth-ranked Colorado College, TLU lost in four sets: 21-25, 25-13, 25-17, 25-18. Peyton Sulak led the Bulldogs with eight kills. Jaci Chambers and Kelly Jurden each had 13 assists, and Lexi Morris collected 14 digs.
Sulak and Cailey Young each tallied two blocks, and Jurden served three aces.
The Bulldogs then defeated Schreiner in four sets:  25-16, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15. Chambers and Kacie Hall each had 14 kills, and Jurden and Chambers registered 28 and 26 assists, respectively.
Morris and Chambers had 30 and 24 digs, respectively, and Young, Bryten Mitchan, and Sulak each had three blocks. Jurden served two more aces.
TLU plays three non-conference matches - against Hardin-Simmons, Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Concordia Texas - next Friday and Saturday in preparation for the SCAC tournament the following weekend in Seguin.