HUNTSVILLE - Lamar put up a stiff fight for three sets, but the Sam Houston State women’s volleyball made plays in the clutch to notch the sweep to remain undefeated in Southland Conference action Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats (10-8 overall) stretched their league winning streak to six matches with the 25-21, 26-25, 25-19 victory, while the Cardinals (6-10) fell to 1-5 in the conference standings.
Junior Ashley Lewis led Sam Houston State with a match-high 16 kills, and freshman Catherine Krieger and sophomore Breanne Chausse chipped in eight and seven, respectively. Junior Madilyn Miles had 21 assists and 10 digs, senior Addison Miller had 11 digs, sophomore Kaira Hunnicutt had four blocks and freshman Samantha Rodgers had three blocks.
Lamar rallied from a 19-14 deficit in the first set to get within 21-19. Chausse and Lewis combined for three kills around a pair of Cardinal attack errors to clinch it, however.
The second set went back and forth with Sam Houston State trailing by as many as three points before coming back to tie the match at 18. Lamar went up 24-23, but Lewis slammed home a kill and another Lamar attack error gave the Bearkats a two-set lead.
Sam Houston State was cruising in the third set with a 22-12 lead when the Cardinals began to rally. Lamar scored four unanswered points to eventually pull within 24-19, but the Bearkats squashed any chance of a comeback with kills by Lewis and Krieger to seal the victory.
Sam Houston State hits the road for a pair of matches next week against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and versus Incarnate Word in San Antonio on Oct. 19.