Lions' regular season concludes this weekend against Zias, Lady Buffs
Texas A&M University-Commerce closes out the 2013 regular season with a pair of home matches against Eastern New Mexico and sixth-ranked West Texas A&M. The Lions enter the weekend as one of the hottest teams in the Lone Star Conference, winning four-straight matches and seven of their last eight and currently sit fourth in the LSC standings.
A&M-Commerce has locked up the four-seed in the 2013 Lone Star Conference Volleyball Championships, which will be held next week in Canyon, Texas. It marks the second-straight season A&M-Commerce has made the LSC postseason tournament as the Lions sit at 21-7 on the season, posting back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since achieving the feat three-straight years from 2000-02 under coach Larry Blackwell.
SCOUTING THE ZIAS
Eastern New Mexico is 2-3 in their last five games with a loss to Angelo State their most recent result. The Zias currently sit in eighth place in the LSC standings and just one game back of A&M-Kingsville. Lauren Frye and Courtney Lawson lead the offense for Eastern New Mexico. Frye leads the team with 287 kills and Lawson is second with 253. The Zias run a two-setter offense with Kara Day and Kennedi Catano splitting the duties. Day has 454 assists and Catano has 327 on the season.
SCOUTING THE LADY BUFFS
The Lady Buffs have already clinched the regular season LSC Title with their 14-0 conference mark so far and will host the conference tournament. The Lady Buffs have not lost since losing to Florida Southern Sep. 14 in Denver, Colorado. The Lady Buffs have dropped just five sets since then, including 3-0 sweeps of their last seven opponents. West Texas A&M sports a balanced offense with four players with over 200 kills on the season, led by Halie Harton's 282. Handing out all of those assists are Kameryon Hayes, 910, and Kyli Schultz, 227.
The Lions have won five straight over Eastern New Mexico. The Field House has been good for the Lions versus the Zias, with the Lions winning the four meetings in Commerce since 2007. The Lions have not beaten the Lady Buffs since 2009, at The Field House, including the 3-0 sweep the Lions suffered out in Canyon earlier this season.
Jordan Neal is now 12 digs away from becoming the ninth player in Lion Volleyball history with 1,000 digs. Neal will also be the fifth player to have over 1,000 in a major category. Toni Skipalis has over 1,000 in three categories (assists, kills, digs); Amy Maddox, Melanie Rea and Sara Wedburg all have over 1,000 kills and digs.
A LOT OF REJECTIONS
Senior Kayla Bond is currently tied for seventh on the Lion all-time blocks list with 284 for her career. Bond is now 14 behind Christy Edmond for sixth most all-time as the senior from Denton is also fourth all-time in program history in block assists, recording 234 during her time in a Lion uniform.
LOOK MOM, NO ERRORS!
Breanne Snyder had a near perfect night versus A&M-Kingsville last time out. Snyder had 14 kills on 20 attacks with no errors. The .700 hitting percentage set a personal mark that Snyder had established just the night before versus Texas A&M-International.