Anna Ferguson totaled 10 kills and Carli Kolbe added nine to lead Sam Houston State to a three-set Southland Conference volleyball victory over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night at Johnson Coliseum.
The victory extended the Bearkats' winning streak to six matches, the most consecutive victories strung together by a Sam Houston volleyball team since the 1996 squad strung together six wins.
Sam Houston totaled 32 kills and had only 10 errors in 101 attempts, totaling 52 winners as compared to the Lions' 38 winners.
The Bearkat front line combined for 13 blocks. Katie Phillips and Ferguson each took part in seven of the blocks.
"It was a good match for us. Everything was stronger, our serving and our passing," Ferguson said. "We came off a really big weekend and we have a lot of confidence right now. We are just trying to carry that over into every game."
Since suffering a 3-1 loss at Lamar on Sept. 26, the Bearkats have picked up home wins over Houston Baptist, Texas State, Texas-Arlington, and captured two on the road at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas-San Antonio prior to Wednesday's match.
Sam Houston hardly had to break a sweat to get past Southeastern Louisiana (2-4 in SLC, 14-10 overall).
The Bearkats jumped out to a commanding 20-13 lead in the opening game thanks to back-to-back kills by Ferguson. Sam Houston closed the set by winning five of the next six points.
The second game was a little closer. With the Kats up 17-10, the Lions went on a rally. Allison Jones had a pair of kills and assisted on a block with Julie Elliot, who also had a spike, to pull with in 22-18.
But the Bearkats got a kill from Black and sealed the set with a ball-handling error.
"It's great to be 6-1. This team has been good since two-a-days," SHSU head coach Brenda Gray said. "It's just continuing and we are just going to keep working."
Sam Houston broke open a 13-6 advantage to begin the third game with kills by Kolbe and Black, who also assisted on a block with senior Katie Phillips.
Southeastern made a game of it late. The Lions cut the lead to 22-18 on spikes by Katie Collins, Kalynn Evans and Lauren Mayer. But the Bearkats held on to win in straight sets for the first time in four matches.
"When the match is on the line, we just step up. We don't make a lot of errors at critical times," Gray added. "When we have a comfortable lead, we get relaxed. I just think we play better under pressure. This team is very unselfish."