A&M-Commerce Lions at Incarnate Word Cardinals
Friday, September 14 • 7 p.m.
McDermott Center • San Antonio, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (7-1, 0-0); Incarnate Word (3-5, 0-0)
Live Stats: CardinalAthletics.com
A&M-Commerce Lions at Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
Saturday, September 15 • 1 p.m.
Steinke Center • Kingsville, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (7-1, 0-0); Texas A&M-Kingsville (6-2, 0-0)
Live Stats: JavelinaAthletics.com
A&M-Commerce opens up its 2012 Lone Star Conference schedule this weekend on the road, heading to South Texas for a pair of key conference match ups. The Lions face Incarnate Word in San Antonio at 7 p.m. Friday, then make the trip to Kingsville for a showdown with the Javelinas at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Lions Off To Best Start Since 2002
A&M-Commerce knew a fast start would be the key to the 2012 season, and the Lions have come through through the first two weeks of the year. The Lions are 7-1 after the first eight matches, matching A&M-Commerce’s best start since starting 7-1 in 2002, en route to a 9-1 mark through their first 10 matches. A&M-Commerce’s 5-match winning streak was its best to start off the season since a 5-0 start at the beginning of the 2003 campaign and was its longest winning streak since a 14-match run in 2009.
Robertson Ranks Fourth on Lions Kill List; Enters 1,000-Kill Club
Senior middle blocker Rachel Robertson joined an elite club over the weekend, becoming the ninth member of the Lion 1,000-kill club in the win over Ouachita Baptist. Robertson recorded 70 kills over the weekend with a .400 hitting percentage, earning both Tarleton Volleyball Invitational MVP and Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors in the process. At 1,069 career kills, Robertson currently sits fourth all-time in program history, trailing third-place Alice Fortes by 258 kills.
Scouting the Cardinals
2012: 3-5 overall, 0-0 Lone Star Conference
Last Three Matches: L vs. William Jewell (3-0), W vs. New Mexico Highlands (3-0), W vs. Ouachita Baptist (3-1)
Head Coach: Jennifer Montoya (Florida, 2002). Ninth season at Incarnate Word (141-156, .475).
• Angelique Vidaurri (Fr., MB): 83 kills, .199 hitting pct., 3 aces, 62 digs, 14 blocks
• Kelci Lind (So., OH): 74 kills, .153 hitting pct., 4 aces, 67 digs
• Chetina Chavis (Sr., MB): 40 kills, .199 hitting pct., 5 aces, 17 blocks
• Baleigh Schaetter (So., MB): 32 kills, .121 hitting pct., 15 blocks
• Danielle Suarez (Jr., S): 160 assists, 7 aces, 49 digs
• Lydia Werchan (Sr., L): 150 digs, 9 aces, 11 assists
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and Incarnate Word meet for the 12th time Friday with the Cardinals holding a 7-4 edge in the all-time series. The two teams split last year’s matches, taking a victory on their home court. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 3-1 in San Antonio on Sept. 22 and were up 2-0 and serving for match point at the Field House on Oct. 27 before A&M-Commerce rallied to upset Incarnate Word 3-2.
Scouting the Javelinas
2012: 6-2 overall, 0-0 Lone Star Conference
Last Three Matches: L vs. Rockhurst (3-1), W vs. Southwest Baptist (3-2), L vs. Washburn (3-0)
Head Coach: Tanya Allen (New Mexico State, 2002). Second season at A&M-Kingsville (21-17, .553); fifth season overall (131-47, .736)
• Debra Brown (Jr., OH): 101 kills, .303 hitting pct., 3 aces, 24 digs, 5 blocks
• Kelsey Washington (So., OH): 76 kills, .162 hitting pct., 10 aces, 63 digs, 8 blocks
• Kelsee Felux (Fr., OH): 67 kills, .189 hitting pct., 25 digs, 13 blocks
• Bethany Friesenhahn (Jr., MB): 52 kills, .280 hitting pct., 3 aces, 63 digs, 30 blocks
• Sarah Fountain (So., S): 266 assists, 22 kills, .092 hitting pct., 61 digs, 13 blocks
• Ali Insell (Sr., L): 121 digs, 10 aces, 17 assists
Series Information: Saturday marks the 49th meeting between A&M-Commerce and A&M-Kingsville as the Lions have dominated the series historically, holding a 39-9 advantage all-time. But the Javelinas have had the upper hand recently, taking a pair of 3-0 victories over the Lions in 2011, snapping a three-match A&M-Commerce winning streak.
A&M-Commerce Sits Atop Lone Star Conference Standings
Thanks to its best start since 2002, A&M-Commerce finds itself tied with nationally-ranked West Texas A&M atop the Lone Star Conference standings through the first two weeks of the season. Both the Lions and Lady Buffs are 7-1 on the year and one match ahead of Angelo State, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas Woman’s, all of which are 6-2 on the year.
Lions Among Lone Star Conference Leaders
A&M-Commerce has made its mark among the Lone Star Conference leaders, both as a team and among the individual rankings. The Lions lead the conference in hitting percentage (.234) and service aces (2.10) while sitting second in kills (13.59) and fourth in both assists (11.69) and blocks (1.90). Individually, five Lions rank among the top-10 in eight categories, including Rachel Robertson leading the conference in hitting percentage and points while Breanne Snyder is tops in service aces.
|Hitting Percentage||Rachel Robertson||1st||.434|
|Service Aces||Breanne Snyder||1st||0.62|
Following the trip to South Texas, A&M-Commerce finally takes to the floor at the Field House, opening up a four-match homestand, beginning with a showdown with rival Texas Woman’s on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The match against the Pioneers will be volleyball’s GOLD OUT game for the season and kicks off a four-match in seven-day homestand at the Field House.