CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Going five sets with the Islanders for the second time this season, the Sam Houston State volleyball team (18-5, 10-1 SLC) edged out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3-2, Thursday evening for its eighth consecutive win.
In her 11th double-double of the season, senior Taylor Cunningham picked up 20 digs and 19 kills while hitting .348. Madison Wallace collected nearly half of the Kats’ digs with 38 in five sets while the team combined for 85 on the night.
How It Happened
The Kats, who fell behind early, went toe-to-toe with the Islanders in a hard-fought match at Dugan Wellness Center. TAMU-CC broke out to an early lead and, though Sam Houston tied up the set two separate times, the Islanders never surrendered the lead after going up 4-2. The Kats went on a 3-0 run midway through the opening set, but the Islanders regained momentum and closed out the set, 25-19.
A kill from Ashley Lewis claimed the first point of the second set but the Islanders quickly tied things up off a
Sam Houston ran away with a dominant, 25-17 win in the third set where the Kats combined for 10 kills and took advantage of eight Islander attack errors. The Kats fell behind 2-0 but used a 7-0 run, which included a Madison Wallace service ace, to quickly take control of the set. Sam Houston rolled through the set from there and limited the Islanders to a .077 hitting percentage.
The Islanders went up 3-1 early in the fourth set and the Kats fought hard to tie up the set, 4-4. The squads battled back-and-forth until TAMU-CC put up six unanswered points to take a 20-14 lead. Sam Houston tried to capitalize on kills and a block from Breanne Chausse, but the Kats dropped the fourth set, 25-20 – forcing the decisive fifth set.
Showing true grit and determination, Sam Houston used kills from Cunningham and Chausse to take an early, 5-1 advantage. The Kats produced another six unanswered points before TAMU-CC tallied its third point of the set. With just two points to go, Sheaff put the final nail in the coffin and delivered a kill and service ace to clinch the 15-5 set victory and 3-2
With the win, the Kats improve to 10-1 in Southland Conference play and 18-5 on the season.
Coming Up Next
Sam Houston will look for its ninth straight win in a 1 p.m. matchup at Houston Baptist on Saturday, Oct. 27. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for the match.