HUNTSVILLE – After opening up Southland Conference play with a win, the Sam Houston State Bearkats will come back home to Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum for three matches in just five days beginning Tuesday evening against Nicholls.
Fans attending on Tuesday will have the chance to take advantage of $1 hot dogs throughout the match, presented by Community Service Credit Union. Both Tuesday and Thursday’s matches will be aired live on ESPN3 with Matt Pedersen on the call against Nicholls and Sam Leavitt calling Thursday’s game vs the Privateers.
The Kats got 46 of their 55 kills from the trio of Taylor Cunningham, Jordyn Vaughn and Brooke White in their win over Abilene Christian on Saturday and will be looking for similar outputs this week against Nicholls, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana who enter the week with a combined 11-33 record.
Vaughn currently leads the Southland with 3.54 kills per set, while White is just two spots behind her at 3.41 per set. But it is Cunningham who has come on of late, hitting .364 in her last six matches after going for a season-high 17 kills against the Wildcats.
Nicholls comes in to Tuesday struggling of late, picking up just two wins in 15 tries this season, both coming against Mississippi Valley State. The Colonels have been swept in each of their last five matches, including losses to McNeese and Houston Baptist last week to start Southland play.
The Privateers have gone the distance in each of their first two matches this season, taking down UIW 3-2 to open up league play before stretching defending league champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to five sets on Saturday in New Orleans.
Southeastern was swept in each of its first six matches of the season before taking down Alabama State for its first win on Sept. 8. The Lions also own a win over Jackson State, but dropped each of its first two SLC matches last week, falling at home in three sets to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and in four sets to UIW two days later.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Sam Houston has dominated the series with the Colonels, owning a 40-6 record against Nicholls dating back to 1981. The Kats have been even more dominant of late, having won 16 in a row against Nicholls with the last defeat coming in 2003.
vs New Orleans
The Kats own a 12-1 advantage all-time against the Privateers after last year’s 3-0 win. Sam Houston had won 11 in a row to open the series before UNO picked up a win in 2015.
vs Southeastern La.
Sam is 20-11 all-time against the Lions and are riding a nine-match win streak in the series dating back to 2010.