Lions stretch winning streak to five after commanding victory


Photo Credit | Esme Galvan

Ashley Andersen celebrates during game

Mason Bua, Sports Writer

By: Mason Bua | Sports Writer &

Drew Ivery | Sports Editor

The No. 21 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions sweep the Dallas Baptist University Patriots 3-0 to extend their current win streak to five games.

This victory extends the Lions win streak to five games with no opponent winning more than one set during the streak. The team has had three of those five games at home and have not allowed any opponent to win a single set in the Field House.

The Lions won the match off of set scores of 25-21, 25-11, 25-18 to improve to 10-3 and 4-0 in Lone Star Conference play. DBU falls to 9-6 after the loss. It also extends the Lions win streak against DBU to five games. DBU’s last victory against the Lions came on Oct. 14, 2014. The Lions all-time record vs DBU is 8-3. The win, while against a LSC opponent, was not a conference match-up this time around.

The match against DBU started off competitively, with a set score of 25-21. After that, the Lions sailed smoothly capturing the next two sets with a combined score of 50-28.

The Lions had a balanced game offensively, with Bina Njikam scoring 10 kills, Sydney Andersen adding nine, and Shelley Chapron chipping in eight herself. Celeste Vela and Natalie Sarbeck again led the way in assists with 20 and 17 respectively.

On his thoughts of the match, Lions Head Coach Craig Case said, “I was really pleased with how we came out. We came out aggressive early and that’s really important for our team. Overall, I was just proud of the team for getting a sweep against a really good team. It may have looked easy, but that was a really tough match.”

A&M-Commerce outside hitter Sydney Andersen has been named the Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week by Lion Athletics.

Ever since the Lions lost to No. 13 Central Missouri in the Colorado Premier Challenge during mid-September, they have been on a roll. The Lions have been impressing on both the offensive and defensive ends. Andersen has been the dominant force during the Lions five-game win streak, averaging just above 12 kills per game for the Lions.

Next Matchup

The Lions will be at home for their toughest conference match the year so far against Angelo State University, who has the best record in the conference at 13-1. That game will be in the Field House on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. The team will turnaround and play again on Saturday in the Field House at 2 p.m. against Lubbock Christian.