Road trip continues for CU volleyball

October 15, 2015
Cameron University Athletics
Don Vieth – Sports Information Director 

The Opponent: 
Eastern New Mexico (7-11, 1-6 LSC) | Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. | Live Stats
West Texas A&M (8-10, 1-6 LSC) | Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.Live Video | Live Stats

Looking back:  Cameron has dropped its last two matches on the road. The Aggies attempted a third set comeback but would be swept in straight sets by Tarleton State (14-25, 16-25, 17-25) on Oct. 9. Freshman Jenna Gillean led CU’s offensive front with five kills followed by senior Kat Evans and freshman Kayla Allen who added four. Freshman Tori Luckenbill provided 14 assists for the Ags, while junior Ciandra Sebourn contributed ten digs. Tarleton State held Cameron to a .000 hitting percentage, while the TexAnns ended the match with a .241 hitting clip. Overall, TSU recorded 47 kills, 51 digs, and seven blocks. Meanwhile, Cameron had a total of 21 kills, 41 digs, and three blocks.

The following day on Oct. 10, Cameron fell to Angelo State after the Rambelles swept the Aggies in straight sets (15-25, 20-25, 22-25). Gillean had eight kills on the match for CU, and Allen followed up with seven. Freshman Jordan Williams led in digs for the Ags with 14, while Luckenbill recorded 30 assists. Angelo State came away with the better hitting percentage on the match with .287, while Cameron ended with a .131 hitting clip. The Rambelles recorded a total of 55 kills, 73 digs, and four blocks. The Aggies had 36 kills, 55 digs, and six total blocks.

Setting the stage:  After opening 13-0 to start the season, the Aggies have hit their first bump in the road after dropping three matches in a row.  Cameron has lost their last eight sets and they will continue their road trip to a pair of places where they have seen hard luck by holding at 2-29 away record.

About Eastern New Mexico: The Greyhounds will be seeking to avenge a three set comeback by the Aggies on Sept. 29 to climb to 12-0 earlier this season.  Cameron hit over .300 in the final three sets with Jenna Gillean racking up 17 kills.  Eastern New Mexico has dropped five out of their last six matches with their lone win coming against West Texas A&M.  Lauren Frye leads the ENMU attack with 270 kills and averages 3.91 per set, and Brooklyn Biel is their primary stopper at the net with 71 total blocks and averages one per set.  Cameron leads the overall series 21-18, but they are 2-9 in Portales with their two wins coming in 2008 and 2011.

About West Texas A&M: This has been a down year for the Lady Buffs who were slated to win the LSC title in the preseason with a 8-10 overall and 1-6 league record entering this weekend.  However the Lady Buffs have seen some flashes and one came on Saturday where they snapped Newman’s 15 match win streak with a sweep over the Jets.   WT has three with over 150 kills with Courtnee Curl leading her squad with 179, and she averages 2.84 per set.  On defense, Lexi Davis has a team high 68 total blocks, which is seven more than Elsa Bentsen.  Against WT, the Aggies are 2-45 overall and have dropped 25 in a row to the Lady Buffs dating back to CU’s 1998 LSC Tournament title.  In Canyon, the Aggies are 0-20 and have dropped 17 straight sets, and have only went to five sets at West Texas A&M once in Oct. 1998.

The rest of the league: Texas A&M-Kingsville is off this weekend with the rest of the LSC playing.  Midwestern State will have an inversed schedule to the Aggies with Tarleton State and Angelo State hosting Texas Woman’s and Texas A&M-Commerce.

By the numbers:
1 – Kat Evans is the lone senior on the Aggie squad and is one of nine CU volleyball players to surpass 1,000 kills.  The Pearland, Texas native has played in 108 matches and has 1,216 kills, which is sixth highest all-time at Cameron, and 22nd highest among active volleyball players in the nation in NCAA Division II.
12 – Youth is the theme of the 2015 season for the Aggies with 12 freshmen on the roster
13 – Cameron opened the season with their best start since the 1998 season where they opened the year 22-0.
15 – Cameron’s roster consists of players from two states and one international, with 15 out of the 17 hailing from the state of Texas.
37 – This is the 37th overall season for the Aggie volleyball program which ran from 1972-81, and was reestablished in 1987.
45 – Cristina Viera broke the school record for digs in a match on Saturday, Sept. 26 against Southern Nazarene.
51 – The number of assists Tori Luckenbill had in three sets during a victory against Harding; that number is tied for second highest in a match this season in NCAA Division II volleyball.
244 – Head Coach Qi Wang‘s number of wins in 11 seasons.

On the horizon:  Cameron will return home to face Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. 

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