Set and Spike: Bearkat volleyball is in first place

The Bearkat volleyball team swept conference foe Southeastern Louisiana in three sets, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18, to improve their conference record to 6-1 and overall record to 14-10.

Sam Houston dominated the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on “Think Pink” night to increase their win streak to six, the Bearkats’ longest win streak since 1996. The victory also gives the Bearkats a one and a half game lead in the Southland Conference West Division over Lamar, who is currently at 4-2 in the division.

Led by Anna Ferguson’s 10 kills, along with nine kills from Carli Kolbe and six from Kim Black, the Bearkats totaled 32 kills in the Southland Conference victory. Sam Houston also totaled 13 blocks and committed only 10 errors en route to winning their eleventh home game of the season.

“We started off strong and finished off strong and we lulled a little bit there in the middle but we never let them get control of the game,” Ferguson said. “We have a lot of confidence right now and we’re going to try and carry that over. It’s good to win at home, we’re very good at home. Putting them away in three was good.”

The Bearkats had control throughout the entire match. Sam Houston began the first set trading points with the Lions until the set was tied at 7-7. From that point on, the Bearkats took total control and went on to outscore Southeastern Louisiana 18-9 upon winning the set 25-16. Sam Houston never trailed in the set.

The match continued in the second set with the Lions taking the first point. Again, the Bearkats got it together and scored seven in a row, giving them a 7-1 lead. Sam Houston fought on and didn’t trail again in the set. They went on to take set 25-20, with a 2-0 match lead going into the half.

Sam Houston came out with the same fire and dominated the third set. Initially, both teams traded points until the Bearkats took a 7-6 lead. Sam Houston went on to score six points in a row to give them a lead that they did not lose again in the match. The Bearkats controlled the set and won 25-18, completing the three-set victory.

“I think they played very well in the first set and it carried on,” said Head Coach Brenda Gray. “It’s great to be 6-1 in conference. This team works hard and they’ve been good from two-a-days. We’re going to keep working.”

Sam Houston looks to increase their win streak to seven this Friday with a road game at Nicholls. Facing another conference foe, the Bearkats look to improve their Southland Conference record to 7-1.

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