CORPUS CHRISTI – The Sam Houston State Bearkat volleyball team’s perfect start in Southland Conference play came to an end Thursday night at the Dugan Wellness Center as they fell, 3-1 (19-25, 15-25, 25-19, 19-25) at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Breanne Chausse had 18 kills and Addison Miller led the Bearkats (10-9, 6-1 SLC) defensively with 16 digs, but the Islanders (11-9, 4-3 SLC) hit .293 for the match with four players reaching at least 10 kills.
The Kats hit .254 for the match and led the Islanders in the blocks category, with Kaira Hunnicutt leading Sam Houston with seven. Chausse hit .643 on 37 swings, while recording a couple of digs. Ashley Lewis also finished with a dozen kills, while Morgan Janda and Madilyn Miles had 22 assists each.
The first two sets were nothing but the Islanders, with TAMUCC hitting .242 compared to SHSU’s .138. The Kats offense racked up multiple hitting and ball handling errors early on in the set, which would come back to haunt them as the momentum stayed with the Islanders throughout the first two sets.
In the third set, Lewis gained momentum for the Bearkats as she hit five of her 12 kills. The block would also come alive, where three of the Kats nine blocks were recorded. Kills from Chausse and Hunnicutt would help push the Kats to a win in set three, but Sam Houston wouldn’t be able to carry the momentum in the fourth set, where the Islanders closed it out 25-19.
Sam Houston is now tied for second in the Southland with Northwestern State, with undefeated Stephen F. Austin now sitting at the top alone. The Kats will travel to San Antonio on Saturday, where they will look for their seventh win in conference play when they face UIW. First serve is set for 10:30 a.m.