Texas A&M University-Kingsville (21-8, 10-5 LSC) split the weekend at home, while losing a game that was a shock to some fans in the crowd at the Steinki Physical Educatiin Center.
The Hooggie team lost its way after going up two sets early, allowing Texas A&M-Commerce (15-11, 9-6 LSC) to pull off an upset victory over the Javelinas.
The Commerce Lions handed the Javelinas the first loss at home this season.
The last time these two teams met, A&M-Commerce ran away with the game and the Javelinas were only able to win one set.
The second matchup was a completely different story.
The Javelinas dominated from the start, with Krystal Faison, Ashley Bukowski and Lexi Wick leading the offensive charge.
Faison shined with a game-high 16 kills and an astounding four service aces, with Bukowski trailing close behind in the kills department with 14 and Wick posting 13 of her own.
Faison and Bukowski finished with double-double performances, with 15 and 17 digs respectively.
Although the Javelinas came up short, fan Mark Medellin still believes the team can finish out the season strong.
“I have seen a couple games this season and I truly believe that this team can come back from this and do well in the conference tournament. They’re a strong team that is capable of going far.”
Fellow student Michael Martinez agrees.
“In previous years the team might have fallen apart after losing a game like this (losing a lead), but after seeing them play multiple times I know they won’t hang their heads and will learn from this.”
Martinez said that he believes the Javelinas can make a statement at the conference tournament and show that they deserve to be there.
“This team will go far and do big things. I know they will,” Martinez said.
The following day, they concluded their weekend with a conference win playing against Texas Woman’s University (7-17, 3-12 LSC) Saturday afternoon.
This wasn’t the first meeting between the two teams as the blue and gold took the previous meeting in four sets.
The matchup was a little different this time; the Javelinas won their 20th game of the regular season, which hasn’t been done since 1997, and gives Head Coach Tanya Allen her first 20 win season since being at the helm of the program.
Faison had another double-double with 18 kills and 15 digs, and also eclipsed a personal milestone recording her 1,000th career kill during the match.
She chipped in five service aces and two blocks with a solid hitting percentage of .292
“I just continue to work hard and stay confident within myself. The team has been amazing with sticking to the game plan this season and we continue to move the ball so well,” Faison said after the game.
On her career milestone, “Casey and I have been here for three years already and when you play with someone that long you create good chemistry and we communicate well on the court so it’s like we’re always on the same page.”
Wick continues her solid year as well she records 15 kills and three aces and Madison Brabham had herself seven kills.
Klobedans had four kills along with 40 assist and two aces. The first set started off rough as the hogs fell early to a 3-1 deficit but the hogs bounced back with a 5-0 run but still came up short in the end as they dropped the first set 25-18. The second set the hogs didn’t have their first lead till the score was 13-12 thanks to Wicks kills, after that the blue and gold dominated and took this set.
“We started off a little slow we weren’t moving the ball like we usually do and had a little miss communication,” said Wick, “But once we made some adjustments during the second set we were able to figure it out and win the next 2 sets.’’
The third set the Javelinas came out strong and were too hot to handle during their serves they had four aces this match and won this set 25-19.
TWU came out strong in the fourth set and were on a mission to force a game five but they couldn’t handle the javelinas as they had 18 kills and took this set 25-18 and won the match 3-1.