McMurry University swept Texas A&M International University by scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-17 Thursday evening in Heartland Conference action at Kimbrell Arena.
A crucial reason why the War Hawks won was a great defensive output.
McM held TAMIU to a .034 hitting percentage and forced 24 errors.
"We ended up with nine blocks and had a lot of touches that slowed the ball down," McM head coach Cammie Petree said following the match. "I think we were an intimidating force at the net tonight and that forced them into hitting errors and mistakes."
Senior captain Peyton Evans continued her excellent play with 10 kills, 11 assists and a game-high .429 hitting percentage. It was Evans' (Riverton, Utah/Western Texas College) second-consecutive double-double.
"Peyton (Evans) is a solid and consistent player for us and tonight was no different," Petree said. "She works hard at practice every day and she's proof that hard work and dedication does payoff."
Evans was happy that she was able to help her team to victory.
"This was a good win and it should help our confidence," Evans said. "We did a really good job of communicating on the court and that helped us out a lot."
With the win the McM moves to 6-5 in the Heartland Conference and with seven conference games remaining, the War Hawks want to finish the regular season on a strong note.
"Right now is when you want to start playing your best volleyball," Petree said. "We need to finish strong and prove to the conference that we are viable competition.
Kelsey Harkins (Elgin, Texas/Elgin HS) and Taylor Seaton finished with six kills apiece. Seaton (Big Spring, Texas/Big Spring HS) also hit .308.
Alex Ciszek led TAMIU (2-18, 1-11 Heartland Conference) with 10 kills.
McM (10-12, 6-5) plays host to St. Mary's University Saturday at noon.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Athletics.