HUNTSVILLE – Taylor Cunningham gathered a career-high 29 kills in the Sam Houston State volleyball team’s 3-1 victory over Abilene Christian, Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.
Cunningham, who recorded the most kills in a match by any Southland Conference player this season, tallied the most kills by a
FIRST SET (SHSU 25, ACU 17)
After jumping out to an early 4-1 lead, back-to-back aces from Wallace and kills from Cunningham and Sheaff put the Bearkats ahead 8-1. Miles made it a 9-3 set with a service ace and Jordan Kiley followed up with a kill to make it 10-3 in favor of the Bearkats. Sam Houston used a four-point run late in the set to take a commanding, 20-10 lead. After an ACU service error that forced the set point, Amanda Gooch put the final nail in the coffin and closed the set, 25-17, with a solid kill.
SECOND SET (ACU 25, SHSU 22)
The Bearkats and Wildcats battled back and forth throughout the entirety of the second set. ACU bounced back from an early 1-4 deficit and held an 11-8 lead midway through the set. Sam Houston used a three-point and four-point run to retake the lead 18-14, but ACU battled back to claim the set, 25-22. Cunningham had five kills while Chausse tallied three.
THIRD SET (SHSU 25, ACU 22)
The Bearkats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in set three and went on another 4-0 run later in the match to lead 12-5. Three consecutive kills, one from Cunningham and two from Gooch, gave Sam Houston a comfortable 15-6 lead, but the Wildcats put strung together a five-point run and three-point run to cut SHSU’s lead to just four. However, the Kats maintained composure and used a Chausse Kill and Jaclyn Ward ace to force the set point. After a Sam Houston attack error, ACU’s Katelyn Mueller recorded an attack error of her own to give the Kats a 25-22 win in set three.
FOURTH SET (SHSU 25, ACU 20)
Coming back from a 3-1 deficit to start the fourth set, SHSU and ACU stood neck-and-neck until a service ace from Cunningham made it a 15-12 set in favor of the Bearkats. Following an ACU service error, Cunningham – who had eight kills in the set – delivered a devastating blow to put the Kats up 16-14. Sam Houston used two, separate 2-0 runs to extend its lead, 22-12 and Chausse’s fourth kill of the set closed the set 25-20, giving Sam Houston the 3-1 victory.
COMING UP NEXT
The Bearkats are set to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 6:30 p.m. matchup on Oct. 9 at Johnson Coliseum. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State volleyball team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsVB on Twitter.