HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Two of the top winningest coaches in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball head coaches go head-to-head again Tuesday when Sam Houston opens its 2013 home schedule Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats’ Brenda Gray and the Bobcats’ Karen Chisum renew a long rivalry as Texas State invades for what always is a battle.
Gray is three victories away from becoming only the 26th head coach in Division I history to amass 600 career victories. Her 29-year record stands at 597 victories and 424 losses, a win total that stands No. 15 among today’s active coaches.
Chisum, a veteran of 33 years of coaching, stands No. 6 among active coaches with a 761-483 lifetime mark.
“Even though Texas State left the Southland Conference, this is a rivalry that Karen and I want to keep alive,” Gray said. “Whatever the sport, I like seeing what the veteran coaches do and think. It’s going to be exciting Tuesday night.”
Sam Houston is the Southland’s defending volleyball champion after going 15-3 in last year’s league race. But only three starters return from that squad and the Kats are a much younger team this year.
Sam Houston finished as the runner-up in its first tournament of the year at Appalachian State last weekend. The Kats defeated Loyola-Maryland in four sets while falling to Norfolk State and the host Mountaineers in their first two outings.
“We did not play very well and could not get going in our opening match Friday, but we bounced back and played so much better on Saturday,” Gray said. “I’m proud of the improvement in just one day with five new players in the lineup including our libero.”
Two players – outside hitter Deveney Wells-Gibson and setter Tayler Gray – both earned all-tournament honors at Appalachian State.
The Bearkats will have their hands full with Texas State.
The Bobcats not only are unbeaten in four matches but three of those victories were in three sets. Texas State defeated SMU in four sets and blanked Lamar, Quinnipac and Houston.
Aman Deardorff provides plenty offense for Texas State with 46 total kills and 15 blocks in four matches.
Tickets for Sam Houston women’s volleyball are on sale now online at www.gobearkats.com or at the SHSU athletic ticket office. The ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729.