OKLAHOMA CITY — The defending Red River Athletic Conference champion Wiley College volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a sweep over Mid-America Christian (25-16, 25-23, 25-15) and a sweep over Southwestern Christian University on the first day of the RRAC/Sooner Athletic Conference Crossover Tournament at Abe Lemons Arena.

They ended up with a split on the second day with a sweep over Langston University (25-14, 25-17, 25-13) and loss to Oklahoma City University (25-27, 19-25, 17-25) on Saturday.

“It’s always nice to start the season with two wins,” head coach Mike MacNeill said. “It’s not the wins that excite us, it’s how we got them. We played tough, fearless volleyball.

“Khrystyna Frank and Marissa Neal have stepped up big for us so far. Their volleyball IQ is exceptional and they are improving daily. Alexia Souza did a great job of finding the best hitters and put them in position to succeed.”

Frank recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs or the Lady Wildcats, while Neal had eight and Teleza Collier seven kills. Elena Hadzhieva led Mid-America Christian with nine. Souza assisted on 31 of the Wiley College’s 38 kills. Alia Scott led the Lady Wildcats with 14 digs.

Against Southwestern Christian, Neal had 10 kills, three digs and three aces. Frank led the team in kills with 12. Renata Carlos Da Silva had seven in 16 attempts. Cashlyn Munroe led Southwestern Christian with 15. Souza assisted on 34 of the Lady Wildcats’ 41 kills.

Wiley College recorded 44 digs. Scott led the team for the second consecutive match with 10. Frank followed with eight.

Frank recorded her second double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs in the win over Langston. She recorded a .429 hitting percentage.

The Lady Wildcats had two others reach double digits in kills with 13 by Marissa Neal and 10 for Teleza Collier. Souza averaged 13.3 assists per set with 40. Merritt Elder joined Frank in double figures in digs with 11.

Against OCU, Frank did everything she could to keep the Lady Wildcats in the match with 15 kills.

Wiley College will open Red River Athletic Conference play at Paul Quinn College on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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