By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
The Wildcat volleyball team extended its winning streak to 10 games Saturday afternoon, winning a match against Eastern New Mexico in Moody Coliseum.
The Wildcats were coming off an emotional victory Thursday night over long-time nemesis West Texas A&M, soundly defeating the Lady Buffs 3-0 for the first time since 1993.
ACU struggled against the Greyhounds on Saturday, rallying from an 11-3 deficit to win game one 30-27 before dropping game two 30-25. The Wildcats dominated game three 30-18, but then fell in game four, losing 30-27.
ACU regrouped in the fifth and final game, winning 15-6 to cap its second victory against an LSC South Division foe.
The Wildcats improved their record to 16-5 overall and 2-0 in conference, and through Monday, sit atop the LSC South Division tied with rival Angelo State. Both Angelo State and ACU beat West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico, who have fallen to sixth and fifth in the standings respectively.
Junior outside hitter Michelle Bernhardt led the Wildcats with 25 kills and 23 digs. Bernhardt posted four of her 25 kills in the deciding fifth game. Junior middle blocker Amanda Slate-who had 13 kills in the match- finished the match off on a kill from setter Lindsey Martin, who distributed a game-high 70 assists.
Sophomore outside hitter Callie Delabano finished with 17 kills, junior middle blocker Amanda Motola added 14 kills, senior middle blocker Sophia Kindred hit .304 with 12 kills and senior libero Kellen Morrow added 23 digs in the victory for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats remain undefeated at home this season with a perfect 6-0 record. Head coach Brek Horn said the plan is to go undefeated at home the entire season.
ACU will next look to build a road streak as it plays six of the next seven matches away from Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats played last night in Lubbock against LCU and will hit the road Thursday going to Stephenville to face Tarleton State at 7 p.m. and traveling to Kingsville Saturday to play against Texas A&M-Kingsville at 2 p.m.
Through Monday, Texas A&M-Kingsville stands 1-0 in the LSC South, while Tarleton is 0-1.