Matches 7-9 • Gamecock Classic
Friday, September 13 • 12:30 p.m. CT • Jacksonville, Ala. • Pete Mathews Coliseum
Sam Houston State (2-4, 0-0 Southland) at Jacksonville State (2-4, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
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HUNTSVILLE – With two weeks of the season under its belt, the Sam Houston State volleyball team will now turn its focus to the upcoming weekend with three matches on tap at the Gamecock Classic in Jacksonville, Ala.
The Kats picked up one win in three tries in each of the first two weekends of the season and are most recently coming off a sweep of LIU to close out the BYU Doterra Classic, just one night after taking a set off of No. 13 BYU.
While in Alabama, the Kats will open up the weekend by facing off with the host Jacksonville State on Friday afternoon before turning around to take on Mississippi State later in the day. They will close out the tournament with a match against Stetson on Saturday morning.
Friday’s match against Jacksonville State will be aired on ESPN+ and the ESPN app, with each match also able to be followed via live stats. Fans can follow along all weekend by following @BearkatsVB on Twitter and Instagram.
Through six matches the Kats are hitting at a solid .228 mark as a team and are led by junior Ashley Lewis who is averaging 3.54 kills per set and hitting .240 individually early in the year. She has reached double figures in kills in four of six matches, including a career high of 22 in a season-opening win over Prairie View.
Along with Lewis, Breanne Chausse (2.67 kps), Samantha Rodgers (2.54 kps) and Catherine Krieger (2.26 kps) are all averaging better than 2.00 kills per set. Meanwhile, the setting duo of Madilyn Miles and Morgan Janda have helped direct the Kats to better than 13 kills per set as a team.
The Gamecocks have gotten off to a similar start, picking up a win in three tries in each of their first two weekends of the year after going 18-14 a year ago. Meanwhile, Mississippi State is off to its best start since 2010 after sweeping through its first two weekends.
Stetson, however, will be looking to enjoy its first uninterrupted weekend of the young 2019 season. The Hatters currently stand at 1-3 for the year, but saw their campus close for a week due to Hurricane Dorian, which kept the team away for nearly a week.
The storm also effected the schedule directly as they had a match vs Grambling cancelled on the opening weekend and then missed out on a match to open up last weekend’s festivities at the FIU Panther Fest when Charleston Southern was unable to travel to Miami.