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McNeese Volleyball Picks Up Come From Behind Thriller Win Over Houston Baptist

By McNeese Assistant SID Pam Lafosse


Cowgirls Clinch SLC Tournament Spot With Thrilling Win Over Houston Baptist


LAKE CHARLES--  The McNeese volleyball team clinched a Southland Conference Tournament berth here Tuesday with a 3-2 come from behind win over Houston Baptist.  It was the final home match of the season for the Cowgirls and senior Courtni Bauer who made her contribution to the victory with eight kills and a .400 hitting percent.  The Cowgirls ended the match with a .321 hitting percent and 13 blocks.

     Sophomore Malina Sanchez led all players with 20 kills and Rachel Cagnina ended the match with 15.  Both Sophie Tenbusch and Amber Fryer ended the match with 13 kills apiece.

     Freshman setter Vanessa Bentley dished out a match high 65 assists and Kara Rockey led all players with a match high 21 digs.  Bentley also ended the match with 19 digs and Sanchez had 12.  Fryer turned picked up a match high nine blocks with two solos and seven assisted.

     McNeese opened the match with a 25-18 first set win but dropped the next two sets by a 25-22 score in both sets.  The Cowgirls trailed 17-7 in the fourth set but came back to tie the set at 22 all.  McNeese went on a 14-5 run to tie the match up and scored five of their final eight points on kills by Rachel Cagnina. 

     With the scored tied at 22, McNeese scored the final three points on kills by Fryer, Sanchez and then another kill by Fryer gave the Cowgirls the 25-22 victory to even the match at two sets apiece.

      McNeese jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fifth set on two HBU errors and a kill by Tenbusch.  The Cowgirls extended their lead to 6-1 but HBU came back to tie the set at eight all behind kills by Megan McStravick.  Both teams traded points until McStravick gave the Huskies a 12-10 lead.  The Cowgirls came back to tie the set at 12 on a Fryer kill and a HBU error. 

     After a Cowgirls error, Sanchez tied the set again with a kill and Chrysta Stuart gave the Cowgirls the lead again (14-13) on a kill.  Following a HBU timeout, the Huskie scored the next point to tie the set at 14 but Tenbusch put down back-to-back kills to give the Cowgirls the 16-14 fifth set win and the overall match victory.

     Madeline Gaffney led HBU with 17 kills and Caiti Wenger and Jessica Wooten both had 14 apiece.  Haley Hoffman led the Huskies with 12 digs.

     McNeese improves to 16-15 overall and 8-9 in conference play while HBU falls to 13-16 overall and 8-8 in the SLC.  The Cowgirls will conclude the regular season with a 7 p.m. match at Nicholls this Saturday. 

     The Southland Conference Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 22-24 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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