Texas A & M-Commerce’s final LSC volleyball game ends in five-set loss | Sports


TRADE – Texas A & M-Commerce’s last Lone Star Conference volleyball competition was a marathon match.

The Lions barely lost their LSC tournament first round home game to Oklahoma Christian, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 29-27, 16-14 Tuesday night at Field House. It took just under three hours to complete.

The Lions, who are heading to the Southland Conference, ended their season at 14-10.

Oklahoma Christian, now 12 to 17, will head to the quarterfinals of the LSC tournament in San Angelo and then face the No. 4 seed West Texas A&M at 5 p.m. Thursday.

“I give Oklahoma Christian a lot of credit,” Lions coach Craig Case said. “They faced a lot of adversity tonight, a lot of pressure and a good crowd and I’m really, really proud of our team and the hole we dug in early on. To have a crowd to come out and support you like that. I say it all the time, I think we have one of the best, if not the best crowd in all of the Lone Star Conference. They were huge tonight.

The Lions left the conference holding the LSC record for most consecutive conference tournament appearances, 10.

The Lions lost the first two points of the deciding fifth set, but came back strong with a 5-1 streak to take a 7-5 lead. They didn’t hang around until the end of the match.

They were leading 13-10 but lost points on a serve error and an attacking error. Oklahoma Christian has won three of the last four points to extend his season and end the Lions.

Lyric Hebert (Arvada, Colo.) Posted a record 41 digs to lead the Lions.

Celeste Vela (Guadalajara, Mexico) recorded 59 assists and recorded 20 digs and four assists.

Riley Davidson (Commerce) recorded 29 career highs for the Lions.

Maddy Rashford (Placentia, Calif.) Had 21 career-high kills.

Reese Fetty (Farmersville) also recorded the 12 best kills of the season in her first year and Sydney Andersen (Placentia, Calif.) Also registered 12 kills.

Allyssa Hamlin led Oklahoma Christian with 18 kills, while Hannah Rouse and Morgan Demuth added 14 each.

Brylie Berryman recorded 42 digs for the Eagles, followed by Rouse (33) and Hamlin (27).

Spencer Plato is ready for 32 assists, a record for the team.

A&M-Commerce, which has been a founding member of the LSC since 1931, will enter the Southland Conference on July 1 and also move from Division I of the NCAA.


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