ODESSA, Texas - McMurry senior M.J. Vickers etched her name in the War Hawks record books as she became the all-time kills leader, surpassing Lyndsay Llewellyn's total of 1,165 in the War Hawks 3-0 victory of Texas-Permian Basin on Thursday evening.
"It's a real honor to be given this opportunity to break this record," said Vickers. "I have worked really hard for four years, and it is a blessing to see the hard work pay off."
In the contest, the War Hawks avenged a 3-2 loss earlier in the year, by taking down the Falcons in straight sets (26-24, 25-15, 25-12). In the game, UTPB had the lead just three times as McMurry dominated the contest, holding Permian Basin to a .028 hitting percentage.
In the first set, UTPB came out tough, jumping out to a 12-6 lead. However, McMurry would go on an 8-2 run, capped off by a Ruby Jane Johnson ace, to knot the game at 14-14. McM would then take the lead on a Kayla Hines kill and never again relinquish the lead in the set. The first frame was capped off on back-to-back kills by Vickers with the scored tied at 24-24. The two kills gave M.J. four in the set, to trail the record by just five kills. It also gave the Maroon & Black the 26-24 set win.
In the second set, the Falcons once again jumped out to the early lead, and again it was an ace by Johnson that tied the game. After an attack error by UTPB, Johnson collected her third ace of the game to put the War Hawks up 7-5 and they never again trailed in the set. Vickers collected four more kills in set two to pull within one kill of the all-time record.
In the third set, UTPB held just a 1-0 lead before the War Hawks went on a 7-0 run. Needing just two more kills, Vickers collected the record-tying kill on an assist by Peyton Evans<http://www.mcmurrysports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3206> to put McMurry up 4-1. Just two points later, after a long rally, Evans set the ball to Vickers again, who collected the kill to give her number 1,166 for her career. Vickers would collect two more kills in the game to finish the day at 1,168, and the War Hawks would take set three 25-12 to finish the sweep.
Offensively, Vickers led the way with 12 kills while four other War Hawks collected at least five. Kasi Conners and Hines finished with seven, while Taylor Seaton collected six and Kelsey Harkins finished with five. Evans dished out 33 assists in the game, and Ayssa Garcia led the defense with 13 digs.
For Vickers, the all-time kills record meant more to her than just becoming the all-time leader.
"I would not have been able to break this record without the help of my teammates and the support of my family and friends. It is pretty exciting to be able to add my name to the list of my family's accomplishments at McMurry."
With the record, M.J. becomes the fourth member of her family to set a McMurry record. Her Mother (Melissa Peacock) holds the women's basketball single game scoring record (42 pts. in 1983) and rebounds (25 in 1983), and is #4 on the career rebounds list (251).
Brother Ryder Peacock holds the McM track and field records for both the indoor high jump (6'10" in 2003) and outdoor high jump (7'0" in 2003).
Brother Rory Peacock holds the McM football records for career receptions (161), career receiving yards (2,634) and receiving TDs (40), career overall TDs (40), career scoring (246 pts.) and average yards per catch in a season (19.00).
Vickers and the War Hawks will be back in action on Thursday, November 8 when they return home to take on the Lions of Arkansas Fort-Smith. The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.