The Wildcats will be defending their perfect home record from here on out, as the last four games on their schedule will all take place in Moody Coliseum. Their first test comes against the Houston Baptist Huskies (17-12, 8-5) on Thursday, followed by the Lamar Cardinals (6-19, 6-7) on Saturday. Earlier in the season the Wildcats were swept by both teams in three straight sets.
The teams played each other on Monday and have no games before heading into their game with ACU. Lamar won the game three sets to two.
In the last meeting between the two teams, HBU swept the Wildcats. The game was a close one with the service line being the deciding factor at the end of the match. ACU had ten service errors and only three aces compared to the Huskies six service errors and five aces. HBU will be going into this game on a two-game losing streak.
In HBU’s game against Lamar, outside hitter Bailey Banks, who is second in conference for kills, set a school record with 30 kills, while setter Kayla Armer posted the school’s first ever triple-double with 62 assists, 11 kills, and 11 digs. Houston Baptist is currently sitting one spot ahead of the Wildcats in the Southland Conference rankings in third place.
Lamar snapped a three-game losing streak on Monday with their win against Houston Baptist. The Cardinals have a couple players that are heating up recently. They had three players end the game with a double-double, with Haley Morton now having eight double-doubles in the team’s last 11 games. Chelsea Grant, who is the conference leader in kills, added to her total last game as she has tied her career-high in kills with 28 in each of the last two games.
When Lamar and ACU met last, the Cardinals snapped the Wildcats’ two-game winning streak, as errors got the best of ACU. The Cardinals swept the ‘Cats in three straight sets as ACU was able to compete, but could not finish out the sets, falling 25-21, 25-20 and 25-20.
ACU is sitting in fourth place, a half game behind Houston Baptist, and Lamar is tied for seventh. ACU can jump HBU, and gain some ground on second place Stephen F. Austin (16-8, 9-2) with a sweep of its games this weekend.