By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
ACU won its fifth straight volleyball match Thursday, defeating Angelo State in three straight games.
The Wildcats dominated the entire match, winning decisively 30-14, 30-19, 30-21. ACU was led by its usual suspects: senior outside hitter Haylee Hartline led the Wildcats with 14 kills, sophomore outside hitter Michelle Bernhardt recorded 12 kills and junior libero Kellen Morrow had 13 digs in the win.
Setter Lindsey Martin played her second full game since returning from injury. The sophomore posted 31 assists in the match.
Horn said her team played well defensively, which translated into solid offense.
“We played one of the best defensive matches of the year,” Horn said. “Our block and defense was consistent, which only helped our offense.”
ACU posted a hitting percentage of .257 in the win over the Rambelles and held them to a .049 hitting percentage. The Wildcats also out-blocked the Rambelles, 9-4.
The Wildcats, now 22-7, 5-1, remain tied with West Texas A&M atop the Lone Star Conference South Division. The Lady Buffs beat Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday to improve their South record to 6-1.
The Wildcats will face West Texas A&M in Canyon Friday in a match that could determine the LSC South Division Champion. ACU lost to the Lady Buffs at home Oct. 11.
Horn said the team will focus on consistency and sound defense this week.
“We had the weekend off, so we will try to get back into rhythm,” Horn said. “We are going to work on timing and on our defensive play.”
The match against the Lady Buffs begins 7 p.m. Friday. The Cats then travel to Eastern New Mexico Saturday for a 3 p.m. match.