By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
The Wildcats swept three straight matches at the Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament in Moody Coliseum on Friday and Saturday to extend their winning streak to eight games. ACU (14-5) improved its all-time record at the LSC Crossover Tournament to 17-1.
ACU faced its only competition against Central Oklahoma (11-6) on Friday but won in four games beating Central Oklahoma 30-26, 30-25, 26-30, 30-19.
“We are just playing more and more like a team,” said freshman outside hitter Ashley Baird. “We are really working together and we’re proving we can dominate teams.”
Junior outside hitter Michelle Bernhardt set the tone with 23 kills and 21 digs, junior middle blocker Ashlee Motola added 18 kills, and sophomore outside hitter Callie Delabano finished with 13 kills. Junior setter Lindsey Martin posted a game-high 65 assists and senior libero Kellen Morrow added a game-high 35 digs.
On Saturday, the Wildcats had little trouble with Southeastern Oklahoma and Cameron as the team swept both matches in three straight games.
ACU destroyed the Lady Savages 30-15, 30-22, 30-16, dominating every facet of a match that lasted only 60 minutes. Bernhardt led the Wildcats again with 16 kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Junior middle blocker Amanda Slate hit .458 and added 14 kills. Martin had a game-high 38 assists and Morrow finished with a game-high11 digs.
The Wildcats put the finishing touches on the LSC Crossover Tournament by finishing off the Lady Aggies 30-19, 30-27, 30-13 for ACU’s second straight three-game sweep. Cameron kept the match close in game two, but the Wildcats served the Lady Aggies off the court in game three.
For the third straight match Bernhardt led the Wildcats with 17 kills and nine digs. Martin produced her best match of the tournament recording 42 assists, 20 digs and three kills. Slate and Motola also finished with double-digits in kills and Morrow and freshman Liz Snoddy each finished with double-digits in digs.
The Wildcats now turn their attention to rival and defending LSC South champions West Texas A&M as LSC South division play begins Thursday. The Lady Buffs and Wildcats begin play 7:30 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
“This is going to be a really big game but we can’t put too much focus on one game,” Baird said. “They are a good team but we will be at home and we’re looking to keep winning.