Lions break open tight match, top Ags, 3-1
Texas A&M-Commerce turned loose its big arms in the final two sets Friday and rolled to a 3-1 Lone Star Conference basketball victory over Cameron University in the CU gym.
Scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-15 and 25-17.
Commerce is now 3-2 in league play and 7-7 overall. Cameron falls to 2-4 and 4-9.
The Lions hit at a .245 clip, with three players recording double figures in kills and two more just missing. Cameron hit .150 with just 39 kills in 127 swings.
The Ags hit the court again at 2 p.m. today to meet Texas Woman's University. They close this six-match home stand by hosting East Central at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
CU Coach Tatiana Booth got a big game from Ania Keene, a 5-11 sophomore from San Antonio. Keene had 12 kills and just two attack errors and hit .364. Junior Paige Dixon added eight kills and seniors Ashleigh McFatridge and Brook Conley had seven and six, respectively.
Brandy Carr had three solo blocks and five assists as the Ags teamed for 13 blocks. Bristol Lewis had six assists and McFatridge four.
Sisters Jaslyn and Jaryn Wacker had 14 kills each for Commerce and Mariyah Oliver added 11. Layne Little had eight kills and a team-high 13 digs while Shelley Chapron added eight kills.
Booth was not surprised by the Commerce performance.
"We said from watching film all week that Commerce was going to be a tough competitor," she said.
"We had all our confidence and momentum, but we just aren't doing the little things right. If two or three people don't do the little things right, it makes a big mess. We aren't doing the things that we talked about and that's where they got us. They found our weaknesses and we didn't know how to adjust.
"I just told them I needed our max effort. I'm not upset with the loss but there are definitely things that we have to work on and have to adjust and we can't be so weak."
Kills and blocks made the difference in the first set. The Lions held a 14-9 advantage in kills, with Jaryn Wacker getting five and Neka Nelson three. Keene sparked Cameron with three kills while McFatridge and Dixon had two each. Commerce also held a 3-1 edge in blocks, with Chapron and Little sharing two assists each. A&M outhit the Ags, .171-.053.
Cameron enjoyed a 3-0 lead before the Lions scored on the first of 11 Aggie errors. There were seven ties and three lead exchanges before the Texans took control.