HUNTSVILLE - The Bearkat volleyball team continued its solid run through spring play over the last two weekends in tournaments at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum and the FAST Complex in Houston.
Two weeks ago the Kats picked up three wins in four matches on its home floor after hosting Stephen F. Austin, Panola College, Lee College and Texas Southern in the one-day, round-robin tournament which played the best 2-of-3 in each match. Despite a slow start, the Kats moved to 7-1 in spring play after two weekends of competition with a 3-1 record for the weekend.
In all, it was a good second tournament for the Kats, giving them an opportunity to improve on our serving and passing percentages and the team saw tremendous growth in in-system attacking (.354 attack percentage) on the day. Offensive leaders included Taylor Cunningham and Madison Wallace while Addison Miller and Ashleigh Traylor stood out defensively.
Sam Houston opened up the day by taking on SFA, falling to the Ladyjacks in two sets (25-21, 25-21) before rebounding to quickly take out Lee College (25-13, 25-13). Texas Southern was able to stretch Sam to a third set before the Kats earned that victory (25-15, 22-25, 15-9) and Sam closed out the day with a straight-set (25-14, 25-12) win over Panola College.
The Kats then continued its competitive spring season this past Saturday, April 14, at the FAST Complex in Houston. In all there were 17 total Division I teams from Texas and Louisiana who competed in the day’s tournament.
Sam competed against Texas State, Tulane, McNeese and Louisiana Tech in a best 2-of-3 format. The Kats finished with a 2-2 record on the day, opening the day with a huge win against Texas State (24-26, 25-22, 15-9) and finishing strong against Louisiana Tech (25-23, 25-14). In between the Kats dropped matches to both Tulane (25-21, 17-25, 15-13) and Texas Southern (25-22, 19-25, 15-13) to finish with a 9-3 overall record in the Spring.
The tournament gave the Kats an opportunity to compete against high level competition throughout the weekend. Cunningham was a huge offensive and defensive threat, boasting 50 kills on the day while hitting at a .410 clip with seven blocks. Miller stood out defensively, turning in a tremendous 7.36 digs per set). Jaclyn Ward also finished the day with 111 total assists and nine kills.
Bearkat Volleyball returns to Johnson Coliseum to close out Spring and welcome back prior SHSU Volleyball athletes in an Alumni match scheduled Saturday, April 28.