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Release: 09/22/2011
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Huntsville - Led by Carli Kolbe with 18 kills, Sam Houston State remained unbeaten in Southland Conference volleyball as the Bearkats rallied from two sets to one down to defeat defending league champion Central Arkansas 25-20 14-25 26-28 25-16 15-8 Thursday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Haley Neisler added 12 kills and Kim Black totaled 11 as SHSU upped its season record to 8-7. The victory, combined with a five-set road win over arch rival Stephen F. Austin last Friday, put the Kats atop the Southland with a 2-0 mark.

Black led the Bearkat front line with 11 blocks including three solo blocks. Tayler Gray led the defensive effort with 18 digs. Libero Camille Alfaro added 16 and Kolbe and Kaylee Hawkins chipped in 15 and 14 digs, respectively. Setter Kym Loving assisted on 46 of the Bearkats' total of 54 kills.

Taylor Hammonds led UCA (5-8, 1-1) with 15 kills.

Up only one point, 16-15 in the first set, the Bearkats went on a 7-2 run to go up 23-17 and earn a first set victory. Central Arkansas jumped out to a quick 10-5 lead and never trailed in the second set.

Sam Houston looked on the verge of taking a two sets to one lead, up 17-9 in the third set. But Central Arkansas rallied to tie the match at 25-25. The Bears won three of the next four points to turn the match around.

But the Bearkats bounced back, taking control of the fourth set with the score tied 10-10 with a 10-5 run. Sam Houston never trailed in the fifth , jumping out to a 10-5 lead.

Sam Houston looks to continue the Southland Conference winning streak Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Bearkats play host to Northwestern State at Johnson Coliseum.

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