The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (19-6, 9-4 LSC) split their games this passed weekend, beating one of two teams on the roadtrip out west, facing Eastern (12-10, 7-5 LSC) and Western (14-9, 6-6 LSC) New Mexico-Universities.
Game one belonged to the Javelinas in another close bout that went the distance, as the women came out victorious with a final count of 3 sets to 2.
A very different outcome from their previous meeting, when the Javelinas swept the Mustangs 3-0.
The win would tie the longest winning streak the Hoggies have had thus far this season, winning seven straight contests since falling to Angelo State University on Oct. 1st.
Leading the way in kills for the Hoggies were Krystal Faison and Ashley Bukowski, who both finished with 16 apiece.
Bukowski aded 11 digs to record her tenth double-double of the season.
Faison also added nine digs to her stat-line.
Recently named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week Haley Hutchinson, paced the Hogs on defense with 10 blocks, and added eight kills to beef up her stat sheet.
Casey Klobedans coordinated the offense with 53 assists, and picked up 11 digs for a double-double to her credit as well.
The match was an intense battle from start to finish.
WNMU would take the early advantage in sets, winning 2 sets to 1 in the first 3 sets. (25-17, 25-20, 25-19).
The Hogs would then rally back to win two straight sets (26-24, 15-10), and would take the dub to bed to prepare for the following day.
The first time the Javelinas met with Eastern New Mexico they dominated the floor and ran to a straight set victory 3-0.
This past Saturday was a different story, with Eastern New Mexico surprising the Javelinas and playing at a level they didn’t show they could play at the last time these two teams met.
Krystal Faison led the way for the Hoggies, posting 10 kills and one block with Ashley Bukowski following behind with eight kills and one block as well.
Lexi Wick also posted seven kills with one block, and Haley Hutchinson also contributed to both the offense and defensive side with five kills and three blocks.
Although she has had better games throughout the season, Casey Klobedans did her part and posted 23 assists for her team and Krystal Puente had a team-high 11 digs on the night.
Each set was a tight one for this game.
Eastern New Mexico pulled away with an early lead that the Hoggies couldn’t quite catch up to and ended at 25-18.
The next two sets were even closer, with the second set being decided by two points with Eastern New Mexico pulling out a 27-25 victory and the third set being just as close in which the Hoggies dropped 25-22.
The A&M-Kingsville Javelinas will host a LSC rematch with the A&M-Commerce Lions this Friday at 7:00 P.M., then will host another conference match-up against Texas Women’s University the next day at 1:00 P.M., inside the Gil H. Steinke Physical Education Center.