Matches 4-6 • Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic
Friday, August 31 • 10:00 a.m. • Lafayette, La. • Earl K. Long Gym
Sam Houston State (2-1, 0-0 SLC) vs Missisippi Valley State (0-4, 0-0 MEAC)
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HUNTSVILLE – After a successful opening weekend to the 2018 season, the Sam Houston State volleyball team will hit the road for the first time this season on Friday when they open up the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic in Lafayette, La.
The event, hosted by the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, will include three matches for the Kats and fellow Southland Conference foe Nicholls, while Mississippi Valley State, Houston and Louisiana will all get four matches in apiece.
Fans can find a complete schedule for the tournament by clicking on the tournament central page HERE. Each match will be available to be followed via live stats or by following @BearkatsVB on Twitter. The Kats’ Saturday match vs Louisiana will also be streamed on RaginCajuns.com.
Sam Houston dropped its season opener on Friday on the opening night of the Bearkat Invitational to Drake, but rebounded to post consecutive sweeps of both Texas Southern and Bethune-Cookman to close out the weekend. Senior Taylor Cunningham, along with junior libero Addison Miller were each named to the all-tournament team.
Cunningham added to her accolades again on Monday, claiming Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. She played all the way around in each match and put together outstanding numbers, adding 1.33 blocks and 4.78 digs to her 2.67 kills per set averages.
As a team the Kats hit just .179 for the weekend, but did the majority of their work on defense, averaging 23.4 digs per set and holding their three opponents to just .069 hitting. In all, five Bearkats averaged at least 2.00 kills per set for the weekend as part of an overall balanced attack. Freshman Breanne Chausse was as advertised, hitting .259 with .256 kills per set while Amanda Gooch enjoyed a successful return to the court with 2.33 kills per set.
Scouting Mississippi Valley State
The Devilettes were swept four times during opening weekend at the Starkvegas Classic, hosted by Mississippi State. Kalin Barnes led MVSU with 2.00 kills per set, but the Devilettes finished with a negative percentage for the week as a team. They return all seven starters off a team that went 8-26 overall a year ago, and 5-13 in the SWAC.
The Cougars have gotten off to a fast start in 2018 after a 2017 season that saw them go 12-16 overall and 8-12 in the American Athletic Conference. They picked up three wins at the UNO Classic last weekend in New Orleans, sweeping both Murray State and Nebraska-Omaha while needing five sets to get past host UNO. They will head to Lafayette at 4-0 after most recently sweeping Prairie View in their home opener on Tuesday. The Coogs have hit at a .277 clip in the early portion of the year with Megan Duncan leading the offense with 4.07 kills per set and hitting .275. They sport four players currently averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while setters Abby Irvine and Katie Krebs have dished out an average of 11.21 assists per set.
The host Ragin’ Cajuns will make their home debut this weekend, and come in with a 2-1 record after spending their opening weekend at the Tulane I-10 Challenge. They kicked off the year with a sweep of UIW and a four-set win over UTEP before dropping all three sets to Tulane in the event finale. Hali Wisnoskie led the Cajuns in kills in all three matches, averaging 4.00 kills per set for the weekend. Nia Hall, Dree’Ana Abram and Hanna Rovira have been other primary targets for setters Avery Breaux and Milayne Danna.