Lions breeze past the Aggies with a commanding victory; survive competitive battle against Arkansas-Fort Smith


Photo Credit | Esme Galvan

The Lions celebrating another point.

Mason Bua and John Parson

By: Mason Bua | Sports Writer

The No. 25 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions continued their great season winning both of their two games over the weekend, bringing their record to 13-4 and 7-1 in LSC play. 

The Lions won their seventh straight match against the Cameron University Aggies 3-0 on Friday and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over the Arkansas-Fort Smith Lady Lions. 

Over the weekend sweep, the Lion’s Savannah Rutledge also climbed to second in most career digs in program history with an astounding 1,603 digs.

The Lion’s 3-0 sweep of the Cameron Aggies took just 74 minutes with Lions winning the sets 25-14, 25-19, 25-19. The Lions played a very sound game, committing only six errors in the match, compared to the Aggies who had 16 errors.

The frontline of the Lions played very well defensively with 10 blocks. Destiny Greenwood led the way with six of her own blocks, Bina Njikam followed her closely with five blocks. 

Offensively, the TAMUC Lions hummed at a good rate the whole match. Kills were quite evenly-distributed: Shelley Chapron led the way with 12, Njikam followed closely with 11, and Greenwood had nine of her own.

On his team’s offensive performance Lions Head Coach Craig Case said, “19 kills in one set is pretty crazy. To follow that up with 18 in the second set, that is really good. I thought that was due to our first contacts and our setters efforts to get our hitters in the right spots to make those plays.”

On Saturday, against the Arkansas-Fort Smith, the TAMUC Lions won a very competitive match 3-1 with set scores of: 21-25, 30-28, 25-22, 28-26. TAMUC lost the first set and won the next three, including two sets going into extra points.

The Lions had a whopping 39 errors against the UAFS Lady Lions, who only collected 18 over the four sets. This is a large reason that TAMUC could not ever really pull away from UAFS.

The A&M-Commerce offense had plenty of opportunity to create points due to backline digging a very impressive 80 balls.

Savannah Rutledge led the way with 20 digs to become 2nd in program history in digs. Riley Davidson followed closely with 19, and Daniela Santos had 16 as well.

The Lions offense did their best with their opportunities, collecting 68 kills over the four sets. Njikam exploded with 23 kills, the second highest single game total of the season behind Chapron’s 25 early in the season. Sydney Andersen had 14 kills, and Nicki Gonelli chipped in 10 of her own.

Lions Head Coach Craig Case on the backline’s performance, “Our back row was really good today, holding a team that typically hits .230 to about .150 today. Getting 80 digs in a four-set match is pretty impressive. We had three different players with close to 20 digs today.”

Next Match

The Lions next game is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. against St. Mary’s University at the Field House in Commerce.