JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Sam Houston State Bearkats made the most of their final match of the Gamecock Classic on Saturday, taking down Stetson, 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-13, 25-21) at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Catherine Krieger exploded for a career-high 20 kills, hitting .567 on just 30 swings to pace a Bearkat (3-5) offensive attack that hit .276 for the match and scored 63 kills to just 44 for the Hatters.
Along with Krieger’s big day, Ashley Lewis continued to be an offensive force, making the most of her 51 tries with 18 kills of her own to go with eight digs and a pair of blocks. Breanne Chausse had 10 kills, while Samantha Rodgers had seven.
Stetson finished with 13 blocks and got 17 kills from Evan Deisa, but had just 16 total kills and hit -.015 in the final two sets after having 28 kills and hitting better than .300 in each of the first two sets of the match.
Madilyn Miles had 26 assists and nine digs, while freshman Morgan Janda added 22 assists and senior Addison Miller had 19 digs.
The Hatters fought off three straight set points before a kill from Samantha Rodgers was able to finish off the opening set in the Kats’ favor; however, Stetson responded by hitting .385 in the second frame and scored three of the set’s final four points to square things up with a 26-24 win.
In the third set the Kats finished with just 11 kills, but misfired just one time in running away with a 25-13 win to go up 2-1. Stetson had things close early on at 11-10, but the Kats scored 14 of the final 17 points, including each of the final six.
Three straight kills from Lewis helped open up a 19-14 lead in the fourth set, which proved to be plenty of cushion for the Kats who got it to match point on Krieger’s 20th kill of the match before Rodgers and Elise Smith combined to reject Kaylee Oscarson for the final point of the match.
Sam Houston will now come back to Texas for its final non-conference weekend of the year, next weekend when it takes part in the Creeds & Crest Classic at Texas State. They will open up with matches against George Washington and UTSA on Friday before squaring off with the host Bobcats on Saturday in San Marcos.