No. 21 Lions play comeback kids again, defeat ENMU in five to win ninth straight
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Oct 6, 2018
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Commerce -- The No. 21 Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team defeated Eastern New Mexico in five sets at the Field House on Saturday afternoon. The Lions fell behind 2-0 but rallied for the second-consecutive match to win in five sets. The set scores were 19-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-13, 15-8.
The win brings the Lions to 16-4 on the season and 8-2 in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds fall to 7-12 and 5-6 in conference action. It was the ninth consecutive win for the Lions.
The Lions return to the court on Tuesday with a road match against MSU Texas. The match will be played at 6 p.m. at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls. The Lions swept the Mustangs at home on Sept. 22.
- For the second consecutive match, the Lions rallied from down 2-0 to win the match. A&M-Commerce is 5-3 in five-set matches this season.
- The win was the 20th consecutive home win for the Lions and their ninth consecutive win overall.
- Shelley Chapron led the team with 17 kills, hitting .600 in the match. She also had six blocks.
- Celeste Vela had 14 kills and also led the team with 21 assists. She hit .344 in the match.
- Savannah Rutledge led the team with 16 digs and tied a career-high with four service aces. Daniela Santos had 15 digs and two aces.
- Jaryn Wacker and Jaslyn Wacker both had 11 kills in the match. Jaslyn added a team-high eight blocks while Jaryn had eight digs.
- Rylie Fuentes had 17 assists and eight digs and Carolina Machado added 15 assists and nine digs.
It was a back-and-forth start for both teams as the match was tied at 7-all early. ENMU then went on two mini runs to push their lead to 19-12. The Greyhound attack found its mark often, hitting .463 in the set. The Lions could not fight their way back into the set and fell 25-19.
The Lions took four of the first five points of the second set to take an early lead. After the Greyhounds cut the Lion lead to one, A&M-Commerce scored five points in a row, including two kills from Madison Luther, to take a 12-6 lead. The Greyhounds chipped at the lead before the Lions again went on a run, leading 23-17. The Greyhounds then rallied again. They scored 10 of the next 12, including a 6-0 run, winning the set 27-25.
ENMU started well in the third set, taking a 6-3 lead. The Lions then scored five in a row, including back-to-back assisted blocks from Bina Njikam and Luther. The Lion serving attack was also on point, netting three aces. The Lions kept building their lead and did not look back, winning the set 25-17. The Lions hit .323 in the set, with Chapron leading the attack with four kills. Vela added three kills. The Lions also had seven blocks in the set.
The Lions took early control of the fourth set and did not relent. After scoring four of the first five, the Lions added a 5-0 run, including two kills from Jaryn Wacker, to take a 9-3 lead. The Greyhounds scored five points of six to cut the Lion lead to two. The Lions answered back by scoring nine of the next 10 points, including three kills from Vela and back-to-back aces from Rutledge. The Lions won the set 25-13. Chapron led the team with six kills in the set while Vela had five. The team hit .310 in the set.
ENMU scored the first four points of the deciding fifth set. The Lions then rallied to win five points in a row. Another 5-0 run from A&M-Commerce put them ahead 10-5. The Greyhounds could not respond and the Lions scored the final three points of the match to win 15-8. Chapron had the final two kills of the match.