The Texas A&M University-Kingsville volleyball team split a pair of Lone Star Conference matches this past weekend at the Steinke Physical Education Center.
The Javelinas defeated the Cameron University Aggies Friday, Oct 11. The Javelinas won the match in four sets, defeating the Aggies 3-1 (25-23, 27-29, 25-21 and 25-21). The match was part of the Kleberg Bank Homecoming weekend.
The win for the Javelinas improved their overall record to 11-9 in the season. The Javelinas improved to 4-4 in Lone Star Conference play.
Kelsey “The Hammer” Washington led the Javelinas with 16 kills and hit an incredible .419 attack percentage. Washington also added 12 digs, an ace and two blocks.
Senior Dedra Brown had 13 kills that night while Stephanie Johns added 11 kills. As a team, the Javelinas hit a .195 attacking percentage.
Giselle Carreon and Sarah Fountain combined for a total of 49 kills that night.
Stephanie Johns led the Javelinas with seven blocks, tying her season best as the team posted a season high of 12 blocks.
Mariah Carlin matched Washington’s team high with 12 digs, while Brittany Gutierrez added 10 digs.
The Javelinas entered Saturday afternoon’s match looking to extend their Lone Star Conference winning streak to four games against the Midwestern State Mustangs.
The Mustangs put an end to the winning streak defeating the Javelinas in four sets 3-1 (17-25, 28-26, 25-21 and 25-21).
The Javelinas drop their overall record to 11-10 in the season with their Lone Star Conference record breaking even at 4-4.
Brown led the Javelinas in the match with 13 kills and a .355 hitting percentage.
Washington added 12 kills and two aces with 14 digs during the match.
Johns got in on the action adding 12 kills and three aces.
Fountain contributed with seven kills and 10 digs while Gutierrez led the Javelinas with 16 digs.
Head Coach Tanya Allen said she knows this is a tough conference to get wins in and the team needs to take it one game at a time and continue improving as a team.
“I think it’s important that we take it one match at a time, focus on beating one team at a time. It’s a tough conference and if you look at it as a whole it can seem like an uphill battle to get to the top, but we can do it,” Allen said.
“We need to focus on keeping our hitting percentage up and our reception errors down,” Allen said.
The Javelinas return home to Lone Star Conference action with a pair of pivotal games. The Javelinas will be taking on West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico Oct. 25-26 at the Steinke Physical Education Center.