Matches 10-12 • Creeds & Crest Classic
Friday, September 20 • 11:00 a.m. CT • San Marcos • Strahan Arena
Sam Houston State (3-6, 0-0 Southland) vs George Washington (5-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
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HUNTSVILLE – The final non-conference weekend of the year is upon the Sam Houston State Bearkats, beginning Friday when they open up the Creeds & Crest Classic at Strahan Arena in San Marcos.
The Bearkats have taken one of three matches in each of the first three weekends, most recently closing out the Gamecock Classic with a win over Stetson in the tournament finale after falling to Jacksonville State and Mississippi State on the opening day of the event.
This weekend they will kick off the tournament in San Marcos with a pair of matches on Friday vs George Washington and UTSA before closing out the weekend with a meeting against former Southland Conference rival Texas State.
For the season, SHSU is hitting .220 on the season while their opponents have a .213 attack percentage of their own. Junior outside hitter Ashley Lewis’ 3.51 kills per set is tops on the team, while Breanne Chausse is behind her with 2.77 per set. The setting duo of Madilyn Miles and Morgan Janda have combined to direct the Kats to 13.54 kills per set as a team and a .213 attack percentage as a team.
This will be the first meeting ever for the Kats with George Washington, but both the Roadrunners and Bobcats are more than familiar foes after both had extended stays in the Southland Conference. SHSU is 28-25 all-time against UTSA despite not facing the Roadrunners since 2015. The Kats are 48-58-1 all-time vs Texas State and will be looking to snap an 8-match losing streak to Texas State that dates back to 2010.
GWU has split its first 10 matches of the season and are fresh off a 3-1 weekend that includes two wins last weekend over Norfolk State and USC Upstate. Meanwhile, UTSA swept crosstown rival Incarnate Word on Tuesday night to run its season record to 6-4 and its current win streak to four in a row.
Meanwhile, Texas State enters the weekend at 5-5 as well and are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational in College Station where they defeated UTRGV and Northwestern State. The win over the Demons was a historic victory for Texas State as head coach Karen Chisum collected her 900th career victory in that match to become just the fifth coach in NCAA Division I history to reach that mark.