Can you dig it? SHSU Volleyball bumps streak to eleven
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 23:10
The Sam Houston State Volleyball team has been playing carnivorous volleyball as of late, win or be eaten.
In addition to their inspiring eleven-match winning streak, the Bearkats have devoured their competition in 33 of their last 39 sets. SHSU swiped first place from Central Arkansas in four sets Saturday, going 27-29, 25-28, 25-14 and 25-19.
After a 5-9 start to the season, Bearkat Nation has watched the win column swell to an overall record of 16-9; with a Southland Conference best 11-2 league mark.
Sam Houston hit an imposing .328 during the UCA contest, led by Middle Blocker Haley Neisler and Outside Hitter Kendall Cleveland, who each hit .500 on the day. Cleveland had 14 kills, two digs, and a block, while Neisler had seven kills, seven blocks and two digs, respectively. Kaylee Hawkins posted a double-double for the match, owning team-highs of 18 kills and 17 digs. Huntsville Product Tayler Gray handed out 45 assists while also recording 15 digs, four blocks and two kills.
Central Arkansas (23-4, 11-3) rallied back from a 14-0 Bearkat advantage to win the first set. But even after an exhausting five-set marathon victory over Oral Roberts Thursday, Sam Houston was able to dig down deep and take the next three sets.
“The girls are hitting on all cylinders now,” Coach Brenda Gray said. “This was a great team effort and a big win.”
With the victory in Conway, Sam Houston now holds a half game lead over the Bears for first place in the Southland Conference standings. The current eleven-match winning streak is Bearkat Volleyball’s longest since the program moved up to the NCAA Division I level.
The Bearkats return to Johnson Coliseum for some home-cooking against Southeastern Louisiana (10-15, 5-10 SLC) this Thursday at 7p.m. All SHSU students get free entry to the event with their Bearkat One card.