HUNTSVILLE- With victories over both Sam Houston State and Wisconsin-Green Bay Saturday, the Drake Bulldogs took the team championship at the Comfort Suites Sam Houston State Invitational volleyball tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.
Sam Houston ended the event with a 2-2 record, falling in four games to Ball State in the final match of the tournament Saturday night.
Junior Anna Ferguson was named to the All-Tournament team after collecting 39 kills, 11 service aces and eight blocks in the Bearkats? four matches.
Other members of the All-Tournament team were Alana Wittenburg, Mikayla Sims and Angela Bys from the champion Bulldogs squad, Elaina Kakatolis of Ball State, Nikki Hintze of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Bethany Kern from Centenary.
Sam Houston, which defeated both Centenary and Green Bay Friday, started Saturday with a 25-23 25-16 25-17 loss to Drake
Anna Ferguson totaled nine kills and Brittanie Wallace added seven to lead Sam Houston. The first two sets both were close with the Bearkats holding the leading five times in the first set and three times in the second stanza. The match was tied a total of 16 times.
Attack errors hurt the Bearkats with Sam Houston committing 26 compared to Drake's 10. The Bulldogs totaled 33 kills as a team with Sam Houston scoring on 29. Drake also blocked nine Sam Houston attack attempts.
Ball State defeated the Bearkats 25-22 15-25 29-27 25-23 in a tight contest that took almost two hours. There were 22 ties and 10 lead changes during the contest.
Freshman Carli Kolbe led Sam Houston with 14 kills Brittanie Wallace and Haley Thomas each posted seven kills.
Other results from tournament play Saturday:
DRAKE defeats Wisconsin-Green Bay 25-15 28-26 21-25 25-13
Angela Bys totaled 14 kills and Michelle Reidy added 10 to lead Drake to a four-game victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay to earn the team championship at the Comfort Suites SHSU Invitational. The Bulldogs won all four of their matches in the tournament. Green Bay was led by Liesi Tesch with 15 kills and Nikki Hintze with 14.
BALL STATE defeats Centenary 25-13 25-8 25-21
Holding off a Centenary surge in the third set, Ball State picked up its first victory of the tournament with a three-game win over the Ladies. Elaina Kakatolis led the Cardinals with 10 kills. Julie Breivogel added eight. Ball State totaled 39 kills to Centenary's 19.
WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY defeats Centenary 25-15 25-13 25-10
Wisconsin-Green Bay took 59 minutes to hand the Centenary Ladies their third loss of the Comfort Suites SHSU Invitational Saturday morning as the Phoenix won in three sets 25-15 25-13 25-10. Holly Visser totaled 16 kills and Abby Bergsma added 10 to lead UWGB.
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