The Sam Houston State Bearkat volleyball team saw its run at a perfect Southland Conference record come to an end last week, but with two weeks left in the season Coach Brenda Gray's squad is still squarely in the hunt for a conference title.
Taylor Cunningham delivered 19 kills and nine blocks, but the Sam Houston State Bearkats dropped their second match of Southland Conference play on Saturday, 3-1 (25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17) to Central Arkansas at the Prince Center.
Sam Houston got 21 kills from Jordyn Vaughn, but the Northwestern State Demons rallied with wins in the final three sets to take a 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 32-30) win over the Bearkats on Thursday night at Prather Coliseum.
With 10 consecutive wins under its belt, the Sam Houston State volleyball team can punch its ticket to the Southland Conference Tournament this week when it hits the road for a tough road swing at Northwestern State and Central Arkansas.
For the second straight week the Sam Houston State Bearkats have swept the Southland Conference's player of the week honors, with Jaclyn Ward and Brooke White each getting the nod in a release by league officials on Monday afternoon.
Sam Houston outlasted A&M-Corpus Christi, 3-2 (33-31, 22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 17-15) to win its second five-setter in the last four matches.
Sam Houston State used a dominant performance from Jordyn Vaughn and resurgent effort after UIW forced a fourth set, defeating the Cardinals, 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 28-30, 25-15) on Thursday night.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats will look to maintain hold on first place in the Southland Conference this week when they host a pair of matches against UIW and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Johnson Coliseum.
Sam Houston State volleyball picked up a thrilling victory last Thursday night at Houston Baptist. The most important win, however, came earlier in the day across town.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats swept the Southland Conference's weekly honors on Monday with Brooke White and Taylor Cunningham each nabbing an award, according to an announcement by league officials.
Sam Houston State captured its eighth-consecutive victory, using a dominant performance to close out non-conference action while sweeping Prairie View A&M (25-16, 25-16, 25-15) on Saturday afternoon at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats' perfect Southland Conference mark was in jeopardy after two sets on Thursday, but Coach Brenda Gray's squad hit .304 in the final three sets and overcame a 2-0 deficit for the first time since 2014 in a 3-2 (25-27, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-13) win over Houston Baptist at Sharp Gym.