SAN FRANCISCO (SMU) – The Mustangs improved to 2-1 on the opening weekend, defeating Fordham 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-15) in their final match at the San Francisco Invite. Abbey Bybel led the Mustangs with a match-high 12 kills and recorded 14 digs for a double-double.
Caroline Young finished with 10 kills, while freshman Lauren Mills posted seven. Avery Acker had 35 assists and seven digs. SMU finished the match with a .315 attack percentage, while holding the Rams to a -.043 hitting percentage.
SMU scored six straight points to take a 9-4 lead in the third set, and the Rams never got within three points the rest of the way. The Mustangs pushed the lead to as many as 11 before scoring the final point for a 25-15 win to complete the sweep.
The Mustangs scored nine of the first 10 points on their way to a 25-15 win in the first set. The Rams cut the lead to five, 16-11, but never got any closer. Young scored five kills on seven attacks in the first set, and SMU hit .406 as a team. The Mustangs held Fordham to a .029 attack percentage, recording 18 digs and three blocks.
In the second set, SMU led by one, 7-6, before going on a 10-1 run to take a 17-7 lead. With the Mustangs out front 20-9, Fordham rallied to score seven more points before Janelle Giordano sent the ball to the floor to end the set, 25-16, giving SMU a 2-0 lead in the match. Young again led all attackers with four kills in the set.
The Mustangs host Georgia Tech Friday night at 7 p.m. CT in Moody Coliseum. The match will be each team’s opening match in the SMU Doubletree Invite, hosted by SMU. The Mustangs will play Texas Southern and Oklahoma Saturday.