Kats continue streak, sweep Southeastern

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HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State boasted a dominant three-set victory against Southeastern Louisiana (25-7, 25-20, 25-18) to cap its three-match homestand on Saturday afternoon at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

The Bearkats (7-9, 4-0 Southland) posted a .241 attack percentage and held the Lions (2-15, 0-4) to a -.020 mark. Jordyn Vaughn lead the way in kills with a total of 19, helped by 40 assists from Jaclyn Ward.

The Bearkats doubled the Lions’ amount of kills with 43 and Southeastern with 20. Sam Houston’s 4-0 start in conference play is its best since running off six consecutive to begin the 2013 league slate.

Sam Houston returns to action on Thursday, opening a three-match road trip at Nicholls. The match will be the second in as many weeks against the Colonels. Sam Houston swept the Colonels last Tuesday. First serve is slated for 6:30 p.m.

FIRST SET
The Bearkats came in on fire in the first set, jumping out to a 4-0 advantage. Madison Wallace was unstoppable from behind the service line recording a pair of aces to spark a 10-2 run and force a Southeastern timeout.

Sam Houston held the Lions to a -.167 attack percentage with only two players notching a kill. Brooke White connected for five kills while Jaclyn Ward added 13 assists. The Kats went on to win the set 25-7 in what was the most lopsided win in a set since 2014 against UNO.

SECOND SET
Southeastern responded in the second, keeping things tight midway through the frame. The Lions came back from a three point deficit to tie the set at 15. Sam Houston rebounded with three straight points and added another ace from Wallace in route to a 25-20 win.

THIRD SET
The Bearkats came back in the third set with a 9-3 lead helped by eight consecutive points. After a strong block from Courtney Littlefield, the Lions called a timeout, trailing 18-7. Caroline Sheaff capped a lengthy volleyball for a kill, upping the lead to 21-15 and the Bearkats went on to close the match with a 25-18 win.

QUOTEABLES:
Head coach Brenda Gray on the win…
“Our focus today was we thought we’ve had slow starts. Our job tonight was to do a better job in the first. I looked up and it was 20-4. If I would have known that would make a difference, I would have said that a while back. We have really tried to focus on getting control of our serves. It makes our blocking that much better. We wanted to distribute the ball a little more evenly.”

Head coach Brenda Gray on the importance of winning at home…
“We’ve had four matches in seven days. That’s not easy. I am so glad we were able to get that first one on the road. We weren’t tired. We have been very smart about what we’ve been doing in practice. I thought our energy coming out was terrific considering it was the fourth match of the week. We want to look at the areas we need to work on and get those corrected. We want to enjoy this but switch our gears to the road. We want to stay ahead of the game.”