Two steps forward, one step back.
Cameron University's volleyball team did just enough of the right things Saturday to fight past the University of Arkansas-Monticello in a non-conference match at the CU gym.
Scores were 25-13, 17-25, 25-22 and 25-22.
Coach Qi Wang's Aggies improve to 8-7 on the season with their third straight win. Monticello, which won a five-set Great America Conference match at Southwestern Saturday morning, falls to 8-8.
Cameron returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Ada to meet East Central. The Aggies will be home next weekend to face Lone Star Conference leader West Texas (7-0) on Friday and Eastern New Mexico (3-4) on Saturday.
Freshman Christina Viera produced another double-double for the Ags with 11 kills and 14 digs while sophomore Kayla Hebert had 14 assists and a team-high 16 digs.
Senior Rebecca Green paced CU with 13 kills while redshirt freshman Kendra Adams and junior Kat Evans had 12 apiece. CU hit .189 as a team, with 52 kills and 25 errors in 143 attempts.
Junior transfer Ingrid Boatman had 31 assists; frosh Lindsey McCauley matched Viera's 14 digs and junior Taylor Tepfer added 11.
Junior Sydni Schulz led Monticello with 16 kills and 11 digs. The Cotton Blossoms had 49 kills and 24 errors for .161.
Wang said his team did not match the focus or intensity that it displayed in Friday's 3-0 Lone Star Conference sweep over Texas A&M-Kingsville.
"We play one good game, the next one is not good," he said. "You never know. We had too many errors on offense.
"Yesterday was better. Some of our players looked tired today."
Strong net play by Schulz and Bianca Brown helped Monticello jump to an 8-6 lead in the first game. Cameron answered by limiting the Cotton Blossoms to five points the rest of the way to earn a 25-13 win. Evans, Viera and Green had four kills each and Adams added three for the Aggies, who hit .353 to UAM's .025. Schulz finished with half her team's eight kills. Boatman had 10 assists for the Ags and was in the service box during a 7-0 run.