Texas A&M University- Kingsville (14-5, 4-3 LSC) picked up a huge come from behind win against the previously No. 1 team in the LSC, West Texas A&M-University (10-6, 6-2 LSC) Friday night to remain perfect at home.
The Lady Buffs came into the game with one of the longest winning streaks in the conference, while the Hogs were coming into the match with two conference losses in a row.
The win against the Lady Buffs marks the first win at home over West Texas since the 2004 season. The Hogs battled back by winning the last two sets.
Ashley Bukowski, Javelina senior, said, “It was a great team win, beating a ranked team.”
During the first set the Javelinas jumped out to an early 8-5 lead but West Texas was quick to answer back with four points in a row to take the lead, 9-8.
Both clubs were competing the entire match with 11 ties in the opening frame, but at 18-18 the Buffs went on a 7-0 run to close out the first match.
In the second match the Hogs were in control coming out to a quick 6-2 lead behind the play of Krystal Faison and Lexi Wick, who were unstoppable. Faison had six kills during the match and Wick had five kills.
“We were confidant coming into this game. We worked hard all week and were prepared for a tough game,” Wick said,
The Lady Buffs came out hot in the third set controlling it and led 21-18 until the Hogs made a 4-0 run making it 22-21. The Lady Buffs fought back and won the set 25-23, taking the lead 2-1.
Deep into the fourth set, it was 15-11 after two big kills coming from the Hogs late in the game creating some momentum.
Madison Brabham led the team during the set with five kills to force a fifth set after winning, 25-17.
Casey Klobedans had 12 assists during this set.
“It was a good team win we were controlling the ball very well and were able to find some weaknesses in their play,” Klobedans said.
The last set was all blue-and-gold as the Javelinas came out to a hot 12-6 lead due to a 7-0 run.
But the Lady Buffs didn’t go down without a fight, coming back making it 12-11.
Two costly errors by the Buffs and two kills from Faison sealed the deal for the Hogs, who hit their best of the night in the last set with .333.
Faison finished with her 10th double-double of the season, recording 19 kills, 25 digs and two service aces. Wick had her season-high with 19 kills and three blocks.
Bukowski also had a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Klobedans finished with 59 assists and 15 digs.
Madison Brabham was huge this match finishing with 11 kills and three blocks; Haley Hutchinson was a problem for the Buffs finishing with seven blocks and four kills.
The Hoggies would continue rolling the next day, defeating the University of Texas of Permian Basin (5-13, 1-7 LSC) Saturday, resulting in them sweeping two victories on the weekend.
The game ended in a 3-1 final, with the Javelinas completely dominating UTPB hitting-wise finishing with a .278 hitting percentage and keeping their opponents to a measly .015 hitting percentage.
Wick led her team to victory with a total of 19 match points, which consisted of 11 kills and two service aces. Wick also led her team with a career-high 10 blocks, allowing for her first career double-double.
“It feels amazing. I’ve been trying to get a double-double all season so I’m pretty excited,” said Wick on her performance.
“I was just working really hard, trying to do all the fundamental things and keep pressing on blocks. It’s very difficult to get one as a middle, but I was focusing so hard on dominating the middle, and cover as much ground as I could.”
Bukowski led the team with a total of 13 kills, and also adding 3 blocks to her match resume.
Klobedans was reliable and consistent for her team again, ending the match with 39 assists and 13 digs while also getting some offensive work in with one service ace and kill each.
UTPB wasn’t one of the toughest opponents the Javelinas have faced this year, and the team faces an opponent with a lesser record next when they travel to face Cameron University (2-15, 0-9 LSC) in Oklahoma.
Head Coach Tanya Allen felt that this weekend’s wins, will add confidence and install a winning attitude going forward, as conference play continues.
“We have caught a little bit of momentum [this weekend], and these are conference wins, which makes it even better for us. The energy in the gym was phenomenal on our side of the court, and the girls are really competitive and showing a lot of drive, and we’re not giving up when things get difficult and that’s a really good thing to have [moving forward] in conference play.”