COMMERCE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball team stayed alive in the Lone Star Conference playoff race on Saturday with a three-set win at Texas A&M-Commerce. The Javelinas (14-13, 6-12) won the match of the Lions (10-15, 5-12) 25-22, 25-17, 25-16.
The Javelina win coupled with an Incarnate Word loss at Texas Woman’s puts the Hoggies and Cardinals tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Lions lurking only a half game back.
The Javelinas were able to overwhelm the Lions with a powerful attack all match long. It was a total team effort as four different players had between eight and 10 kills in the match. They posted a .326 attack percentage in the first set and a .378 attack percentage in the second set en route to an overall .306 attack percentage.
The Javelinas pounded out 45 kills, had 51 digs and six team blocks. Lakeshia Craft (Pflugerville/Connally HS) led the team with 10 kills, two blocks and a .600 attack percentage as she was a perfect 4-for-4 on attack attempts in the third set. Kelsey Washington (Cuero/Cuero HS) added 10 kills, four digs and a .292 attack percentage while Bethany Friesenhahn (Poth/Poth HS) added eight kills, three assists, six digs, two blocks and a .333 attack. Sondra Cui (Schertz/Steele HS) led the team with 20 assists and two service aces while Ali Insell (The Woodlands/The Woodlands HS) led the defense with 14 digs.
The Lions struggled all day long with their attack posting a .061 attack percentage. Breanne Snyder led the team with seven kills and eight digs while Jordan Neal dished out 28 assists and had seven digs. Morgan Mueller led the defense with 12 digs.
The Javelinas are back in action on Tuesday at home against Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. The match is sponsored by Neessen Chevrolet.
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