Bearkat volleyball loses weekend road games

Sam Houston State University lost a pair of Southland Conference women’s volleyball matches on the road this weekend.

The Lamar Cardinals defeated Sam Houston State 30-21 30-21 30-17 Friday in Beaumont. Then, Saturday afternoon in Lake Charles, LA, the Kats fell to McNeese State 30-26 30-26 30-28.

The losses drop the Bearkats to 9-11 for the season and 4-6 in Southland Conference action. Sam Houston State stands in fourth place in the Western Division of the Southland. McNeese State and Lamar rank first and second in the Eastern Division.

Lindsey Roebken led Sam Houston with 10 kills in Friday’s match at Lamar.

Cynthia Yarotsky was credited with eight kills and Rhae Walderman added six.

Megan McNamara and Jackie Melinder split time at setter, each picking up 15 assists.

Lamar (9-14, SLC 5-3) was led by Molli Abel with 15 kills and Buchi Okoh with 12. Sam Houston had brief leads in each game but managed only 32 kills in 120 attempts. Lamar had 46 kills with 62 points.

Sam Houston State will play host to Stephen F. Austin in an important Southland Conference volleyball Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.

The Lumberjacks come into the contest with a perfect 9-0 Southland Conference record and stand 20-3 on the season. SFA stands in first place in the West Division of the Southland.

The Bearkats are in a dogfight to secure one of the eight spots in the Southland Conference post season tournament.

The SFA match will be the first of three home contests for the Bearkats this week at Johnson Coliseum. Sam Houston will close out its 2006 home schedule Friday and Saturday with matches against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. and Texas-San Antonio at 2 p.m., respectively.

Stephen F. Austin State defeated Sam Houston 30-16 30-15 30-18 in their first meeting in Nacogdoches on Oct. 7.

Lindsey Roebken and Cynthia Yarotsky lead the Bearkats offensively. Roebken is averaging 3.44 kills per game with a season total of 248 while Yarotsky has added 225 kills (3.12 per game).

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