A&M-COMMERCE BEGINS HOME STRETCH HOSTING MIDWESTERN STATE, CAMERON
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Midwestern State Mustangs
Thursday, October 13 • 7 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (6-11, 2-8 LSC); Midwestern State (12-7, 4-6 LSC)
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Cameron Aggies
Saturday, October 15 • 2 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (6-11, 2-8 LSC); Cameron (10-8, 4-6 LSC)
Live Stats: LionAthletics.com
A&M-Commerce opens up the second half of Lone Star Conference play at home this weekend, hosting a pair of conference foes at the Field House. The Lions open up with Midwestern State at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 13 before welcoming Cameron to Commerce for a 2 p.m. match on Saturday, October 15.
Lions Celebrate A&M-Commerce Staff Thursday
The success of the A&M-Commerce volleyball team on the court is only one aspect of the Lions' experience as a handful of faculty and staff help the Lions succeed off the court as well. To show its appreciation for all the hard work that goes largely unnoticed, the Lions are holding a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Thursday, October 13. All A&M-Commerce faculty and staff members will be admitted to the match free of charge with their University ID card.
Scouting the Mustangs
2011: 12-7 overall, 4-6 Lone Star Conference, 0-3 road.
Last Three Matches: W vs. Cameron (3-2), W vs. Abilene Christian (3-0), L vs. Angelo State (3-1).
Head Coach: Venera Flores-Stafford (Univ. of Dallas, 1995). Eighth season at Midwestern State (143-106, .684); 12 th season overall (251-196, .562).
• Miranda Byrd (Sr., OH): 189 kills, .301 hitting pct., 57 blocks.
• Caitlin Wallace (So., MB): 178 kills, .328 hitting pct., 45 blocks.
• Hillary White (Sr., OH): 159 kills, .168 hitting pct., 267 digs, 20 blocks.
• Shelbi Stewart (Jr., OH): 157 kills, .228 hitting pct., 32 blocks.
• Kristan Aduddell (Fr., S): 393 assists, 29 kills, .241 hitting pct., 19 service aces, 137 digs.
• Kiara Jordan (Sr., LIB): 439 digs, 42 assists, 15 service aces.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce leads the all-time series 15-13, but Midwestern State has won the last two, including a 3-1 victory in Wichita Falls on September 8. The Mustangs have won five of the last six meetings and are 6-4 in the last 10.
Scouting the Aggies
2011: 10-8 overall, 4-6 Lone Star Conference, 3-4 road.
Last Three Matches: L at Midwestern State (3-2), L vs. Angelo State (3-0), L vs. Abilene Christian (3-1).
Head Coach: Douglas Tabbert (Baker, 1989). First season at Cameron (10-8, .556); first season overall (10-8, .556).
• Kelle Carver (Fr., RS): 262 kills, .274 hitting pct., 36 blocks.
• Adrienne Lawson (Sr., OH): 253 kills, .214 hitting pct., 16 service aces, 193 digs, 23 blocks.
• Malyssa Acton (Sr., OH): 125 kills, .185 hitting pct., 10 service aces, 89 digs, 17 blocks.
• Sarah Corbett (Sr., MB): 109 kills, .236 hitting pct., 45 blocks.
• Jenna Risoli (So., S): 741 assists, 38 kills, .110 hitting pct., 10 service aces, 140 digs.
• Julisa Ocasio (Jr., LIB): 347 digs, 33 assists, 23 service aces.
Series Information: Cameron holds a slim 21-20 advantage in the all-time series, winning the first meeting between the two schools 3-2 in Lawton, Okla. on Sept. 10. The Aggies have won five of the last six against the Lions and are 7-3 against A&M-Commerce in the last 10 meetings.
The Week That Was
A&M-Commerce hosted Dallas Baptist in a non-conference game Tuesday, and after falling behind 2-1 rallied to win the final two sets to earn a 3-2 victory over the Patriots. The Lions then hit the road to close out the first half of the Lone Star Conference season, dropping a 3-0 decision to 14 th-ranked West Texas A&M Friday in Canyon, Texas. But A&M-Commerce responded two nights later, roaring past Eastern New Mexico 3-0 in Portales, N.M. The Lions have now won three of their last four matches and four of the last six.
Robertson Makes Another Appearance in 20-Kill Club
Rachel Robertson continues to make her mark for A&M-Commerce on the season as she recorded 20 kills in the 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Dallas Baptist Tuesday. It was the second time this season she had recorded 20 kills in a match, notching 21 against Angelo State on Sept. 16. Robertson leads the Lions with 198 kills on the year while leading the Lone Star Conference in points per set, averaging 4.38 on the year.
Onditi Becomes Fourth Lion With 100 Kills
Freshman Ezon Onditi has been a key contributor for the Lions all season, and with her eight kills in the win against the Greyhounds Saturday she became the fourth player to reach 100 kills on the season. Rachel Robertson leads the way with 198, followed by fellow freshman Breanne Snyder's 167 and sophomore Kayla Bond's 122.
Lions Among Lone Star Conference Leaders
A handful of A&M-Commerce Lions find themselves among the Lone Star Conference's top-10 in a handful of categories. Rachel Robertson leads the conference in points per set (4.38) while ranking third in hitting percentage (.302) and fourth in both kills (3.54) and blocks (1.05) per set. Jordan Neal leads the conference in service aces per set (0.37) while ranking fourth in assists per set (9.81) with Dakota Crockett sitting ninth in digs per set (3.98).
Home Sweet Home
As A&M-Commerce looks to make its move in the second half of the Lone Star Conference schedule, it will have plenty of home cooking to help it along. The Lions play seven of their remaining 10 conference matches at the Field House where they are 2-3 on the year.
Following this weekend's home tilt, the Lions embark on a three-match road trip beginning with their final non-conference match at Henderson State on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Arkadelphia, Ark. A&M-Commerce then heads west, facing Abilene Christian on Thursday, October 20 before another showdown with 17 th-ranked Angelo State on Saturday, October 22.