HUNTSVILLE - The Sam Houston State volleyball team bounced back from a difficult loss to sweep Nicholls in three sets Saturday in Southland Conference action at Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats (12-10 overall, 8-2 in SLC) were led by junior Ashley Lewis who registered 10 kills and 11 digs in the 25-12, 25-22, 25-11 victory over the Colonels (10-11, 4-6). Freshman Catherine Krieger and sophomore Breanne Chausse each had seven kills, while senior Addison Miller and freshman Morgan Janda finished with 17 and 12 digs, respectively.
Janda had a team-high 20 assists and sophomore Kaira Hunnicutt and Lewis each had four blocks.
Sam Houston State easily won the first set by pulling away with a 5-2 run thanks to back-to-back aces by Lewis to go up 10-5. The Bearkats pushed the lead to 19-9 and closed it out with two more kills by Lewis and a setting error.
The second set was much closer.
Nicholls led by as many as three several times in the match, the last coming at 21-18. Sam Houston State dug in and got kills from Hunnicutt, senior Ashleigh Traylor, Chausse and Lewis to storm back to win the set 25-22.
The Bearkats carried that momentum into the third set and led from start to finish to seal the victory after falling at home to McNeese in five sets Thursday.
Sam Houston State has a key showdown with league leader Stephen F. Austin Oct. 31 in Nacogdoches at 6:30 p.m. The Ladyjacks have won 15 straight matches and are 10-0 in SLC play.