In honor of October being breast cancer awareness month, the Wildcats will host dig pink night when they take on Incarnate Word Tuesday night in Moody Coliseum. The match is the third of ACU’s five-match homestand, which started last week against Northwestern State.
Last year, the Wildcats hosted Houston Baptist and raised $500 during the 2014 dig pink rally. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and make a donation to the Side-Out Foundation via the website, side-out.org.
Courtside, the Wildcats come into the game 1-15 overall and 1-2 in Southland Conference play as they look to move to .500 in conference play for the first time since moving to Div. I. This match-up against Incarnate Word is one head coach Jason Bibler highlighted during the preseason.
“We’re really hoping, definitely when we’re playing Incarnate Word at home, that we get a nice big home crowd to cheer us on and help us out a little bit,” Bibler said.
Meanwhile, Incarnate Word heads into the match 3-9 overall after picking up their third win of the season against a Northwestern State team, who lost to ACU two days earlier. The Cardinals finished up a two-match homestand of their own before traveling to the Key City for Tuesday’s game.
Both teams have struggled overall, but recently found success against Northwestern State as the Wildcats handled them in three straight sets. Incarnate Word was able to secure a win from Northwestern State after a close 15-13 five-set victory.
The Wildcats have gotten increased production from freshman Jacey Smith, who is coming off a career-high14 kills against Stephen F. Austin. ACU will attempt to bounce back from a tough five-set loss against Stephen F. Austin, where they were just four points away from handing SFA their first Southland Conference loss in over a year.
This will be the first of two matchups between the teams, as the Wildcats will take on Incarnate Word a second time in San Antonio Oct. 31.