BIG WEEKEND ON TAP FOR LIONS HOSTING CAMERON, MIDWESTERN STATE
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Cameron Aggies
Friday, October 26 • 5 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (17-7, 8-6 LSC); Cameron (8-17, 3-11 LSC)
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Midwestern State Mustangs
Saturday, October 27 • 7 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (17-7, 8-6 LSC); Midwestern State (5-19, 3-11 LSC)
A&M-Commerce begins the final run of the 2012 season, beginning a key stretch where five of the final six matches will be played on the court of the Field House. The Lions open up Homecoming weekend hosting Cameron at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, followed by a meeting with Midwestern State Saturday at 7 p.m.
Lions on the Web
Fans unable to make it to Commerce for this weekend's Homecoming matches can still keep up to date with every Lion point. Friday's match against Cameron will feature live video, powered by Stretch Internet. The video feed requires a subscription, which is $7.95 for a single match with season passes available as well. Live stats of both matches will be available at LionAthletics.com with in-match Twitter updates @Lion_Athletics.
Scouting the Aggies
2012: 8-17 overall, 3-11 Lone Star Conference (T-9th), 2-7 road
Last Three Matches: L at West Texas A&M (3-0), L at Texas A&M-Kingsville (3-1), W at Incarnate Word (3-1)
Head Coach: Douglas Tabbert (Baker Univ., 1989). Second season at Cameron (23-32, .418)
• #5 Kathryn Evans (Fr., OH): 342 kills, .159 hitting pct., 56 digs, 21 blocks
• #4 Shannon Dulaney (Fr., OH): 288 kills, .088 hitting pct., 10 aces, 185 digs, 15 blocks
• #12 Rebecca Green (So., MB): 251 kills, .186 hitting pct., 28 digs, 50 blocks
• #11 Annelise Carpenter (Fr., MB): 180 kills, .183 hitting pct., 8 aces, 60 digs, 50 blocks
• #3 Jenna Risoli (Jr., S): 936 assists, 48 kills, .025 hitting pct., 9 aces, 259 digs, 27 blocks
• #14 Julisa Ocasio (Sr., L): 332 digs, 47 assists, 9 aces
Synopsis: Cameron enters this weekend's match fighting for the eight seed in the Lone Star Conference standings, sitting at 8-17 overall and 3-11 in LSC action. The Aggies opened up the year with a 4-4 mark in non-conference play but have struggled in LSC play, posting a 3-11 mark. Cameron is coming off a two-match losing streak and has dropped four of its last five matches.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and Cameron meet for the 44th time Friday afternoon with Cameron holding a 23-20 lead in the all-time series. The Aggies have won the last three meetings between the two, including a 3-1 victory over the Lions in Lawton back on September 29, and have had the upper hand in recent years, posting a 23-5 record against A&M-Commerce since 1996. The Lions are 10-8 all-time against the Aggies in Commerce, winning three of the last five at the Field House.
Scouting the Mustangs
2012: 5-19 overall, 3-11 Lone Star Conference (T-9th), 2-12 road
Last Three Matches: W, at Eastern New Mexico (3-1), L at Incarnate Word (3-1), L at Texas A&M-Kingsville (3-2)
Head Coach: Venera Flores-Stafford (Univ. of Dallas, 1995). Ninth season at Midwestern State (149-126, .542); 13th season overall (257-218, .541)
• #21 Shelbi Stewart (Sr., OH): 225 kills, .220 hitting pct., 14 aces, 187 digs, 23 blocks
• #10 Caitlin Wallace (Jr., MB): 208 kills, .251 hitting pct., 11 aces, 74 digs, 48 blocks
• #2 Kasey Decker (So., MB): 148 kills, .115 hititng pct., 38 digs, 36 blocks
• #7 Michelle Blount (Jr., MB): 123 kills, .184 hitting pct., 39 digs, 52 blocks
• #13 Kristan Aduddell (So., S): 488 assists, 47 kills, .119 hitting pct., 26 aces, 173 digs
• #8 Casey Fletcher (So., L): 339 digs, 35 assists, 9 aces
Synopsis: Midwestern State, like Cameron, enters this weekend fighting for its postseason life, sitting tied for ninth with a 3-11 mark in Lone Star Conference play. The Mustangs are coming off a 3-1 victory at Eastern New Mexico, which snapped a seven-game losing skid as Midwestern State has yet to win back-to-back matches on the season. The Mustangs have also struggled on the road, posting a 2-12 record.
Series Information: Saturday marks the 31st meeting between A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State as the Lions hold a 17-13 edge in the all-time series, including a two-match winning streak. The Lions handed the Mustangs a 3-1 defeat in Wichita Falls back on Sept. 28 and are looking to win three-straight against Midwestern State since a four-match streak from 2000-2001. The Lions are 7-5 all-time against the Mustangs in Commerce, but Midwestern State has won three of the last four at the Field House.
Lions Sweep Wildcats For First Win in Abilene Since 1995
A&M-Commerce posted one of the biggest wins of the season Tuesday evening, outlasting Abilene Christian 25-23, 25-23, 30-28 to notch its first victory at Moody Coliseum since 1995. Senior middle blocker Rachel Robertson had one of the best matches of her career, recording a career-best 25 kills with a .477 hitting percentage with a pair of solo blocks. Kayla Bond added eight kills with Jordan Neal finishing with 39 assists, 11 digs, four kills, three blocks and a pair of aces. Through the course of the match, the Lions and Wildcats combined for over 30 ties and 15 lead changes, including 22 and 12, respectively, in the third set.
Heading into this weekend, a number of Lions remain within striking distance of a number of impressive season and career milestone. Rachel Robertson has 317 digs on the year, upping her career total to 1,269, leaving her 59 kills shy of surpassing Alice Fortes for third all-time in career kills. Her .378 hitting percentage currently sits second all-time among the single-season leaders, trailing just Amy Wallace's .422 in 2001. Setter Jordan Neal has 884 assists on the year, which is less than 200 away from cracking the top-10 list for single season performances as she now has 2,804 career helpers, leaving her 196 shy of 3,000. Libero Michaela Spicer is also closing in on the record books, notching 436 digs on the year, which is three shy of matching Wendy Adams' 439 in 1997 for 10th all-time.
Following the pair of home matches this weekend, the Lions take to the road for the final time this season, making the short trip to Denton for a key battle against Texas Woman's at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 30. A&M-Commerce then begins its season-ending three-match homestand, hosting Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Friday, November 2nd at the Field House.