Dixon and Demirjian lead CU in five set loss

For Immediate Release

October 5, 2018

Cameron University Athletics

Kenton Means – Sports Information Director


LAWTON, Okla. — Paige Dixon and Shantalle Demirjiancombined for 27 kills and just nine errors in the Aggies five set loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday night.

Dixon, a senior from Paris, Texas, had a team-high 15 kills on a .282 attack percentage, while the freshman Demirjian had 12 kills while hitting at a .318 clip. The team as a whole collected 52 kills on a .224 attack percentage for the match.

Katherine Manning recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 25 assists and 13 digs, while Bailee Smithchipped in 18 assists. Brittnee Altic had a team-high 17 digs and three service aces, while Dixon and Jazmin Luster each had three blocks.

Cameron took control of set one early, opening up to a 4-0 lead and then extending it to 12-6, before TAMUK chipped into the lead with three straight points. CU answered by going back up by six at 18-12. The Javelinas got the lead back down to three with a 3-0 run, but the Aggies held them off with a 3-0 stretch of their own to take set one 25-19.

Set two started with Kingsville taking the momentum, going on a 7-2 run to kick off the frame. Cameron came firing back and an ace by Manning capped a 5-0 run the gave the team a 12-11 lead. However, the Javelinas responded with runs of five and four late in the set to tie the match at one with a 25-18 win.

The Aggies fell behind early in the third, but used a 6-2 stretch to take a two point lead at 11-9. After trading points, Kingsville used another four point rally to go ahead 15-12 and then scored three straight a bit later to take an 18-14 lead. The two teams traded points back and forth until Cameron went on a clutch 8-0 run, fueled by two Demirjian kills to win 25-11.

Like the previous sets, the Javelinas came out firing to take an early lead. Cameron battled back to get within one point at 13-12, but responded by outscoring CU 12-5 to close out the set and force a fifth.

In the fifth, Cameron battled back and forth with Kingsvile to start, tying the match at four on another Demirjian kill. The Javelinas answered with a three point rally to take a 7-4 lead, and after trading points, held a 14-11 advantage at match point. Demirjian and Dixon kept CU in it with a pair of kills to cut the lead to one again, but the Javelinas shut down the comeback with a kill of their own to win 15-13.  

The Javelinas were led by Morgan Brabham, who recorded a triple-double with 19 kills, 21 assists, and 11 digs, while Haley Hutchinson had 15 kills and Emily North had 37 assists.

Cameron closes out the first half of the Lone Star Conference season with an 0-10 league mark, while moving to 2-19 with their 11th straight loss. Texas A&M-Kingsville is now 12-8 on the season and 4-5 in conference matches.

CU will return to the Aggie Gym on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, as they host Texas Woman’s University at 6 p.m. for their annual “Dig Pink” match.

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