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Seniors lead Kats to 5-set win
Release: 11/05/2011
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In their final home match at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, seniors Carli Kolbe, Kim Black and Kym Loving led the Bearkats to a 22-25 25-19 25-11 24-26 15-10 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon.

Kolbi led both teams with 24 kills. Black added 10 kills and seven blocks. Loving assisted on 59 of Sam Houston's 66 kills, totaled seven digs and had a hand in seven of the team's 15 blocks.

The victory clinched a berth in the Southland Conference post-season tournament to begin in two weeks in Conway, Arkansas.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was led by Shannon Hullum and Brooke Alverson who both collected 12 kills.

Sam Houston upped its season record to 15-12 and stands 9-5 in Southland Conference action. The Islanders fell to 13-18 for the year and 5-9 in league action.

Kaylee Hawkins and Kendall Cleveland also totaled double figure kills, Hawkins with 11 and Cleveland with 10.

In the first set, the two teams were tied 19-19 when the Islanders went on a 6-3 run to close out the frame. Sam Houston took control early in the second set, going up by as many as eight points and winning the set by six.

The Bearkats opened the third set winning nine straight points on Hawkins' serve. The 25-11 score stands as the Kats' biggest margin of victory in a single set this fall.

The Bearkats had a match point at 24-22 in the fourth set, but the Islanders rallied to win four straight points and force a fifth frame. Sam Houston is 4-1 in five-setters this season.

Tayler Gray led the BEarkat defense with 18 digs. Hawkins added 13.


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