Volleyball team goes 1-2 at Wyoming Invitational over the weekend

The Sam Houston State volleyball team took third place at the Wyoming Classic. The Bearkats defeated Weber State in three game but, lost to San Jose State and host University of Wyoming during the Wyoming Classic Sept. 5-6. “Wyoming beat everybody this weekend and everybody beat everybody else,” head coach Brenda Gray said. “Pretty much all the teams there finished 1-2, so second place was wide open.”Sophomore Alisha Fowler was selected to the All-Tournament team. Fowler posted 19 kills and three blocks in the three matches for the Bearkats. Senior Carrie Sartain led the Bearkats with 27 total kills in tournament action while Freshman Rhea Walderman added 23 kills. Wyoming, led by Michele Rauter, who posted 14 kills in 29 attempts, made only 17 errors as the Cowgirls posted a 30-21, 30-28, 30-23 victory over the Bearkats in the tournament opener. “We played good, great and ugly this weekend,” Gray said. “We saw all sides of ourselves and that is what you want in the preseason. I liked the fact that I saw all the girls contributing and not just seven or eight.”The Bearkats were led by Sartain who posted 11 kills in 26 attempts. Senior Summer Neimann scored eight kills, and Walderman added six. On Saturday the Bearkats bounced back defeating Webber State 30-22, 30-26 and 30-26. Sartain posted 11 kills again, and Walderman and junior Karlee Butler each added 10 kills. Walderman led the Bearkats with seven kills in a 30-22, 30-18, 30-19 loss to San Jose State to finish up tournament play. Sophomore Jennifer Henrichsen and freshman Jessica Dominguez where both back in action after injuries suffered during practices. Coach Gray played a total of nine players during the two day tournament so the ladies will be ready for Southland Conference play beginning Sept. 19th on the road against Northwestern State. “If you look at the conference standings, you will see a lot of teams with losing records,” Gray said. “But you have to look at the caliber of teams that they have played. I’m pleased with our performance so far heading into conference play.”The Bearkats first home game will be on Monday, Sept. 22 against the Baylor Bears.

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