William Woods couldn't maintain its perfect form on Thursday, but its winning streak is still alive.
The Owls defeated the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis in four sets (25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, dropping the second one for their set winning streak to die at 13, but for a match winning streak to live at five.
The Eutectics (9-22, 2-5 AMC) played William Woods (16-7, 3-1 AMC) close all night, even in the sets they lost, trailing the Owls only by seven kills and two errors. The Owls gained an advantage with their eight service aces compared with the Eutectics' one while William Woods blocked four more balls.
Lanie Lowry and Hannah Kuehl led the offensive attack with their 18 kills each while Emily Greif had half of the Owls' aces.
Kuehl and Greif registered a kill and an ace, respectively, for the match's first two points and then Lowry had five of William Woods' next eight kills on its way to a 17-12 lead. The Eutectics followed the next Lowry kill with three straight points to pull within two at 21-19. The Owls held closed the set on a Kuehl kill.
William Woods won the first three points of the second set, but the Eutectic won six of the next seven for an early 6-4 lead. The Eutectics held on to the lead for a little while until a few errors tied the set at 13. There was three more ties in the frame. with the last one happening at 16, before some William Woods service and attack errors gave the Eutectics the edge to take tie the match at one.
Kuehl made some of those errors near the end of the second set but helped the Owls have a good start to the third set with three kills to build an early 5-3 lead. The Eutectics grabbed the lead and tied the frame a few time before the Owls rattled off a crucial 4-0 run to make it 18-14 after some kills from Kuehl, Lowry and Kassidy Phillips — the third Owl with double-digit kills at 11. Phillips was the one to close the set with a kill, giving William Woods the 2-1 advantage.
The Eutectics were able to take a two-point lead seven different times in the fourth set, but William Woods hung around until the frame was tied at 19. The Owls won six of the final nine points to win the set and the match behind several Eutectic attack errors and a match-closing Lowry kill.
William Woods also had two players with double-digit assists in Alli Gueck and Tess Schannuth. Tori Rosemann led the team with 21 digs.
The Owls leave Fulton for the first time in seven matches when they face Hannibal-LaGrange at 1 p.m. today.