A&M-Commerce Lions vs. A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
Friday, October 12 • 5 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (13-6, 4-5 LSC); A&M-Kingsville (10-8, 3-6 LSC)
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A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Incarnate Word Cardinals
Saturday, October 13 • 1 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (13-6, 4-5 LSC); Incarnate Word (7-10, 4-5 LSC)
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A&M-Commerce opens up the second half of Lone Star Conference action this weekend at the Field House, hosting a pair of teams chasing the Lions in the conference standings. A&M-Commerce hosts Texas A&M-Kingsville at 5 p.m. Friday evening, followed by a showdown with Incarnate Word Saturday at 1 p.m.
Catch The Lions Online
Fans unable to make it to the Field House this weekend can still stay up to date on every Lion point. Live video of Saturday’s match against Incarnate Word will be available at LionAthletics.com, powered by Stretch Internet. The cost for a single-game broadcast is $7.95 with a season pass available for $29.95. Live stats are also available at LionAthletics.com with Twitter updates @Lion_Athletics.
Dig Pink Against the Cardinals
Saturday’s match against Incarnate Word marks A&M-Commerce’s annual Dig Pink match, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match as the Lion Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be passing the bucket to raise funds for breast cancer research. Free pink ribbon t-shirts will be handed out at the door, so come early, cheer loud and help in the fight against breast cancer.
Scouting the Javelinas
2012: 10-8 overall, 3-6 Lone Star Conference (T-7th), 3-4 road
Last Three Matches: W at Texas-Pan American (3-2), L vs. West Texas A&M (3-0), W vs. Eastern New Mexico (3-0)
Head Coach: Tanya Allen (New Mexico State, 2002). Second season at A&M-Kingsville (25-23, .521); fifth season overall (135-53, .718)
• #1 Dedra Brown (Jr., OH): 227 kills, .245 hitting pct., 8 aces, 57 digs, 14 blocks
• 8 Kelsey Washington (So., OH): 170 kills, .144 hitting pct., 20 aces, 177 digs, 19 blocks
• #11 Kelsee Felux (Fr., OH): 145 kills, .164 hitting pct., 52 digs, 28 blocks
• #13 Bethany Friesenhahn (Jr., MB): 124 kills, .267 hitting pct., 7 aces, 172 digs, 60 blocks
• #6 Sarah Fountain (So., S): 460 assists, 46 kills, .179 hitting pct., 7 aces, 100 digs, 20 blocks
• #15 Ali Insell (Sr., L): 285 digs, 38 assists, 12 aces
Synopsis: After starting the year winning six of its first seven matches, A&M-Kingsville went through a six-match losing skid, but the Javelinas have rebounded to win four of their last five. A&M-Kingsville is 3-6 in Lone Star Conference play, winning three-straight against Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word and Eastern New Mexico before dropping a 3-0 match to West Texas A&M during a four-match homestand.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and A&M-Kingsville meet for the 49th time Friday afternoon as the Lions hold a commanding 39-9 edge in the all-time series. The Lions swept the Javelinas 3-0 in Kingsville on Sept. 15, snapping a two-game losing skid to the Javelinas, with A&M-Commerce posting a 16-3 all-time record against A&M-Kingsville at the Field House.
Scouting the Cardinals
2012: 7-10 overall, 4-5 Lone Star Conference (T-5th), 2-3 road
Last Three Matches: W vs. Eastern New Mexico (3-0), L vs. West Texas A&M (3-0), L at Texas A&M-Kingsville (Oct. 2). Incarnate Word plays at Texas Woman’s Friday evening
Head Coach: Jennifer Montoya (Florida, 2002). Ninth season at Incarnate Word (145-161, .474)
• #21 Angelique Vidaurri (Fr., MB): 151 kills, .149 hitting pct., 79 digs, 33 blocks
• #4 Kelci Lind (So., OH): 143 kills, .124 hitting pct., 14 aces, 172 digs, 6 blocks
• #12 Chetina Chavis (Sr., MB): 111 kills, .295 hitting pct., 9 aces, 25 digs, 42 blocks
• #13 Baleigh Schaetter (So., MB): 67 kills, .143 hitting pct., 14 digs, 40 blocks
• #11 Danielle Suarez (Jr., S): 328 assists, 15 aces, 130 digs
• #3 Lydia Werchan (Sr., L): 308 digs, 44 assists, 17 aces
Synopsis: Incarnate Word opened up the 2012 season posting a 3-5 mark through non-conference play before going 4-5 through the first nine matches of the Lone Star Conference season. The Cardinals are coming off a 3-0 victory against Eastern New Mexico after a pair of 3-0 defeats at Texas A&M-Kingsville and against West Texas A&M. Incarnate Word plays at Texas Woman’s Friday night before visiting the Field House Saturday.
Series Information: Saturday marks the 13th meeting between A&M-Commerce and Incarnate Word with the Cardinals holding a 7-5 edge in the all-time series. The Lions have won the last two meetings, including last season’s 3-2 rally at the Field House and a 3-0 victory in San Antonio on Sept. 14. Saturday marks just the fourth Incarnate Word visit to the Field House as A&M-Commerce is 1-2 against the Cardinals in Commerce.
Lions in the National Rankings
Through the first half of the 2012 season, a handful of Lions rank among the national leaders in a number of categories. Senior middle blocker Rachel Robertson continues her quest to become an All-American, ranking 25th nationally in points per set (4.38), 29th in hitting percentage (.372) and 44th in kills per set (3.60). Jordan Neal ranks 28th nationally in assists per set (10.33) while Michaela Spicer is 42nd in digs per set (4.86).
A&M-Commerce Season Highs
With 19 games under its belt, here is a look at the individual and team single-match highs in 2012:
Individual Match Highs
|Kills:||22 - Rachel Robertson vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State (Sept. 7)|
|Attacks:||52 - Breanne Snyder vs. Ouachita Baptist (Sept. 7)|
|Attack Pct.:||.667 - Rachel Robertson vs. West Alabama (Aug. 31)|
|Assists:||51 - Jordan Neal at Tarleton State (Oct. 5)|
|Digs:||29 - Michaela Spicer vs. William Jewell (Sept. 8)|
|Service Aces:||5 - Jordan Neal at Incarnate Word (Sept. 14)|
|Blocks:||7 - Kayla Bond vs. Eastern New Mexico (Sept. 22)|
|7 - Ciara Holmes vs. Eastern New Mexico (Sept. 22)|
Team Match Highs
|Kills:||65 - vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State (Sept. 7)|
|Attacks:||204 - vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State (Sept. 7)|
|Attack Pct.:||.404 - vs. West Alabama (Aug. 31)|
|Assists:||55 - at Tarleton State (Oct. 5)|
|Digs:||93 - vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State (Sept. 7)|
|Service Aces:||14 - vs. LeMoyne-Owen (Sept. 1)|
|Blocks:||10.5 - vs. Eastern New Mexico (Sept. 22)|
Following the pair of matches this weekend, A&M-Commerce embarks on its final extended road trip of the season with three critical Lone Star Conference matches. The Lions visit Eastern New Mexico on Friday, Oct. 19, followed by a showdown with nationally-ranked West Texas A&M in Canyon on Saturday, Oct. 20. A&M-Commerce then visits Abilene Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 23 before returning to the Field House for five of the final six matches of the 2012 season.