Led by Deveney Wells-Gibson and Haley Neisler, Sam Houston State remained unbeaten in Southland Conference play with a four-set victory over Lamar in Beaumont Saturday afternoon.
Wells-Gibson totaled 20 kills and Neisler added 13 in the Bearkats’ 19-25 25-21 27-25 25-22 victory over the Cardinals. The win keeps defending Southland champion Sam Houston in first place in the 2013 league race with a perfect 6-0 record.
Winners of five consecutive matches and seven of their last nine contests, SHSU now stands 9-6 for the year.
Lamar became the first Southland team to take a set off the Bearkats, breaking a 10-10 tie with a 15-9 run. The Cardinals held an early 12-9 lead in the second set. Tied 15-15, Krista Koopman came up with two kills to start a 10-6 run to pick up the set.
Sam Houston saw a 17-10 lead in the third stanza erased as Lamar tied the match 23-23. Four points later, back-to-back kills by Lauren Bohlen and Neisler earned a second set for the Kats.
The Bearkats earned the victory rallying from behind one last time to take the third set and the match 25-22.
Breanna Homer and Tayler Gray totaled 23 and 13 digs, respectively. Gray assisted on 50 of Sam Houston’s 56 kills.
The Bearkat volleyball continues its Southland road swing next week, playing Thursday at Incarnate Word and Saturday at Abilene Christian.
Sam Houston’s next home match is Thursday, Oct. 17, against New Orleans.
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