HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats got back on track on Thursday night, getting 14 kills from Jordyn Vaughn to sweep past Lamar and snap a three-match losing streak, 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-22) at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Vaughn, along with fellow senior Brooke White and junior Taylor Cunningham, each reached double figure kills with Vaughn’s 14 pacing all players in the match. White and Cunningham added 10 each on Senior Night where the Kats (14-12, 10-3 SLC) honored White and Vaughn prior to the match.
Sam Houston rebounded from one of its worst hitting performances of the season on Tuesday to hit .282 against the Cardinals (4-20, 2-12 SLC), including a scorching .464 in the second set. White picked up a double-double with 10 digs to her credit while Addison Miller had 13 in helping hold the Cards to just .050 hitting for the night.
Setter Jaclyn Ward finished with 37 digs and had a hand on three of Sam Houston’s nine blocks on the night. Cunningham also finished with six blocks.
The Kats will close out its home slate on Saturday when they host rival Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. at Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats started the first set uneasy going back and forth with the Cardinals before taking control midway through. Sam Houston trailed 10-8, but tied it up 10-10 with a kill by Vaughn and took the lead one point later with consecutive blocks from Cunningham and Ward as part of a 6-0 run. Cunningham had a hand on five total blocks in the set, as the Kats held Lamar to just .027 hitting for the frame. Madison Wallace ended it with her third kill of the set as Sam Houston finished with a solid .235 percentage of their own.
Sam Houston came out strong in the second set with a kill by White, starting the game off 2-0. The Cardinals kept it tight once again and were tied at 6-6 in the early going, but the Bearkats took off from there with a kill from White igniting a 9-1 run which included seven straight points. The Cardinals were no match for White after she had 3 kills in a row taking the game 19-9. After two kills by Vaughn, the Bearkats win 25-12.
With another rough start, the Cardinals were not letting the Bearkats have it. After going back and forth for the first half, Sam Houston tied it up 9-9. Lamar answered with a six-point run and held a 16-11 lead before a kill from Cunningham got the Kats going. Wallace would serve out eight more Bearkat points, turning what was as much as a six-point deficit into a four-point lead at 20-16. White would carry the load the rest of the way, scoring the Bearkats’ final four points to close it out. Sam Houston would hold Lamar to just .088 hitting in the third set, not allowing Lamar to reach .100 in any set on the night.