Sam Houston State volleyball did not let history repeat itself against Lamar at Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday.
The Bearkats took a 2-0 lead heading into the third set, similar to the two teams last meeting on Sept. 27 in Beaumont, and it almost seemed as if it was going to happen again.
In the last match, the Cardinals made the comeback to take the victory 3-2. This time, SHSU was able to close out for a four-set win. However, it was not a pretty match.
It was a back-and-forth third set with neither team taking a commanding lead. Tied 15-15, the Bearkats were able to start putting things into gear. SHSU had set point at 24-22 but let Lamar make its way back to tie things up at 24 apiece.
The Bearkats continued to get a step ahead but had trouble closing on set point. Eventually, Lamar found its first set point of the match at 28-27 and capitalized on the opportunity, taking the third set.
The high intensity translated over into the fourth set as the two teams stayed hand-in-hand with each other throughout the set with no team taking more than a three-point lead in the set.
It almost seemed as if Lamar would spoil set points once again. Senior outside hitter Devaney Wells-Gibson had a kill to take the lead 25-24. She rode the momentum to end the match with her third service ace of the match.
SHSU started the first set with clear domination over the Cardinals, shaking off a tough start in the team’s last match to Abilene Christian. Lamar pushed late in the set, but it wouldn’t be enough as SHSU finished the first set 25-21.
The second set had an almost mirror image scoreline but was a different play than the set before. The two teams went back-and-forth before the Bearkats had set point 24-19. SHSU allowed Lamar to grab some points late but nipped the comeback to win 25-22.
The Bearkats take off to Arkansas for their next match to play Central Arkansas Saturday at 2 p.m.