The No. 10 WTAMU Lady Buffs volleyball team closed out their regular season schedule by hosting the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas for Senior Night and the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. WT swept both matches, building momentum going into the Lone Star Conference tournament this weekend.
The Lady Buffs started set one against Kingsville with a 5-3 lead when they went on a 12-4 run to build a 17-7 lead. Despite being outscored 9-8 for the remainder of the set, WT picked up a 25-16 opening-set win.
The Lady Buffs began set two with a 6-2 lead. With a 9-8 lead, WT would go on a 9-2 run to take an 18-11 lead. The Lady Buffs would clinch the second set by scoring five straight points while on top 20-15.
After the Javelinas started set three with a 6-5 lead, WT would outscore TAMUK 20-4 for the rest of the set, clinching the sweep. The Lady Buffs began the long run by scoring 10 straight points on the Javelinas.
Junior Laura Iwuchukwu led WT offensively with 14 kills on the night, senior Stormi Lancaster and sophomore Kameryn Hayes each finished with nine kills. Senior Lacy Hayes dished out 42 assists and senior Lauren Beville tallied 18 digs.
The Lady Buffs began the first set against the Cardinals taking a 6-2 lead into an early UIW timeout. WT had a 9-4 lead when a 10-2 run gave them a 19-6 advantage. Each team scored six points from that point, but the Lady Buffs took set one by a 25-12 score. WT took an early 4-3 lead in set two before going on a 10-2 run to take a 14-5 lead. The Lady Buffs were able to hold off the Cardinals and take the second set, 25-13.
The third set began with each team trading points. WT had an 11-10 advantage when a 7-2 run gave them an 18-12 lead into a UIW timeout. The Lady Buffs clinched the sweep with a 7-1 run to win the set 25-13.
Junior Halie Harton registered 11 kills on the afternoon to lead WT’s offense. Junior Ashley Davis, who started for the first time since Sept. 1 due to injury, and Lancaster each had 10 kills. Hayes dished out 42 assists and Beville got 18 digs for the Lady Buffs.
WT finished the season with a 27-4 overall mark and a 17-3 record in the LSC. The sweep of UIW marked the 22nd time this season the Lady Buffs swept their opponents. WT will start the LSC Championship tournament on Nov. 15 as the No. 2 seed and will face Abilene Christian at 2:30 p.m.
“Once [Kameryn] Hayes gets back we’ll have good depth and I like our chances in the [LSC] tournament,” Davis said.