Huntsville - For the first time since 1996, the Sam Houston volleyball team defeated Stephen F. Austin in less than five sets.

Led by Carli Kolbe and Kim Black, who totaled 15 and 11 kills, respectively, Sam Houston chalked up their fifth win in the last six meetings with the Lumberjacks by a 25-18 17-25 25-18 27-25 score at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Since 1996, SFA has dominated the series with 22 victories to six for Sam Houston coming into tonight's game. All six Kats wins were five-setters.

But on the Kats third opportunity on a match point, Black put away a Kym Loving set and the Kats upped their season record to 10-9 and upped their Southland mark to 4-2.

Sam Houston totaled 54 kills with Kaylee Hawkins and Kendall Cleveland each adding seven apiece and Kelli Stewart chipping in six. Loving assisted on 42 of the 54 kills.

Mary Caitlin Bottles led SFA, now 9-11 for the year and 2-4 in Southland action, with 12 kills. Jill Ivy added 10 as the Jacks totaled 42 kills.

Sam Houston never trailed in the opening set, taking control on a Kolbe kill with the score tied 7-7 and closing out the set by winning 18 of the last 29 points.

The Lumberjacks turned the tables in the second stanza, rolling to a 22-11 lead before a late Bearkat rally narrowed the gap to eight points as the two teams went to the locker room tied at a set apiece.

The final two sets both were battles with nine ties and six lead changes in the third set and 18 ties and 11 lead changes in the fourth.

SFA's front line totaled 15 blocks with Sabrina Burns and Taylor Gross each having a hand in nine of the blocks.

Black led the Bearkat front line with four blocks. Kolbe led the Kats with 19 digs but four other players posted double figure digs as Tayler Gray had 17, Hawkins 16, Jamie Haas 12 and Loving 10.

Sam Houston continues Southland Conference action with a road trip to Nicholls Saturday at 11 a.m. The Bearkats return to Johnson Coliseum for homecoming weekend, hosting UT-Arlington on Thursday night and Texas State on Saturday, both first serves at 7:05 p.m.