Sports Information Director
November 1, 2011
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball team just kept attacking and attacking all night long and it paid off in the end as they defeated Lone Star Conference rival Incarnate Word 25-21, 28-30, 25-21, 20-25, 15-11 at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court on Tuesday night.
The Javelinas (15-13, 7-12) defeated the Cardinals (11-17, 6-13) for the second time this year and clinched an LSC Tournament berth thanks to Tarleton State’s win over Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Javelinas set a school record with 85 kills as a team and had four players finish with 13 kills or more, but it was picking up a five-set win that was the most important thing. The team was 1-6 in conference five set matches heading into the match, but head coach Tanya Allen was still confident heading into the fifth set. “I really thought our experience playing in five set matches this year really helped us tonight,” said the coach.
It is hard to pinpoint the star of the match for the Hoggies since they had so many players play well. Lauryn Lozano (San Antonio/Smithson Valley HS) and Kelsey Washington (Cuero/Cuero HS) each set career highs in kills while setters Sondra Cui (Schertz/Steele HS) and Giselle Carreon (Corpus Christi/Carroll HS) each set career highs in assists.
Lozano led the team with 28 kills and a .392 attack percentage and Washington had 23 kills, four blocks, four digs and a .319 attack percentage. Bethany Friesenhahn (Poth/Poth HS) nearly had a triple-double with 15 kills, 20 digs, seven blocks and a .375 attack percentage. Lakeshia Craft (Pflugerville/Connally HS) added 13 kills and a .407 attack percentage. Cui had 47 assists and Carreon had 29 as the team set a school record with 80 assists. Ali Insell (The Woodlands/The Woodlands HS) finished with a match high 28 digs.
The Cardinals had 58 kills, 65 digs, 8.0 total blocks and nine aces. Daniella Vidaurri led the attack with 13 kills and a .357 attack percentage. Setter Sarah Nordman finished with 15 assists, nine kills and a .600 attack percentage. Danielle Suarez dished out 28 assists. On defense, Anna Herr led the team with five blocks and Lydia Werchan had 18 digs.
The Javelinas close out the regular season on Thursday at home at 7 p.m. against Tarleton State. The “Senior Night” match is sponsored by Blake Fulenwider Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep.