#9 Lady Buffs Roll Pioneers for 18th Straight Home Victory in Saturday Sweep

The #9 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M registered their 18 consecutive victory at the WTAMU Fieldhouse â??The Boxâ?? on Saturday afternoon as the remained perfect in Lone Star Conference play with a sweep over the Pioneers of Texas Womanâ??s (25-15, 25-21, 25-22) in front of almost 600 fans in Canyon, Texas. The Lady Buffs move to 16-3 (6-0 LSC) on the season while the Pioneers fall to 13-6 (5-2 LSC).

The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 38-6 all-time against Texas Womanâ??s including WT taking the past 19 meetings dating back to the 1995 campaign. The Lady Buffs also register their 18th consecutive win at the WTAMU Fieldhouse while also winning their last 10 matches this season, it also marks the 11th time this season that WT has registered a sweep over their opponents.

The opening set saw the Lady Buffs come out swinging as the took an early 6-1 lead to force a TWU timeout highlighted by a pair of blocks by Laura Iwuchukwu and Lauren Bevan, WT continued to roll after the break before a TWU run forced a WT timeout and cut the Lady Buff lead to 15-8. The teams traded blows after the break but the early WT lead was enough as the Lady Buffs took the opening set, 25-15.

TWU came out hot to open up the second set as the took the early 6-4 lead before the Lady Buffs tied the match at 13-13 followed by a 3-0 run highlighted by a huge Bevan cross-court kill to force a TWU timeout with the 16-13 lead. TWU took control after the timeout with a 4-0 run to take the 17-16 lead and force a Lady Buff timeout. The game swung WTâ??s way once again after the timeout as a Bevan kill started a 4-0 WT run to take the 20-17 lead and force another TWU timeout. Lauren Britten stepped to the service line after the timeout and registered a service ace as the Lady Buffs finished the set on a 5-4 run for the 25-21 win.

The third set saw the teams come out swinging as they traded the first 24 points of the match before a two point run by the Pioneers forced a Lady Buff timeout with TWU leading 14-12, WT fought back to tie the match at 16-16 before another TWU run to take the 20-17 lead. A Pioneer attack error followed by a Harton service ace cut the TWU lead to 20-19 and force a timeout. Another TWU attack error tied the match at 20-20 followed by a Bevan/Lexi Davis block and a Bevan kill to force the Pioneers last timeout with WT leading 22-20. Yet another TWU attack error after the break followed a Pioneer kill pulled the score to 23-21, the teams traded points before a Laura Iwuchukwu kill gave WT the sweep with the 25-22 win.

The Lady Buffs were led by Lauren Bevan with 17 kills to tie a career high followed by Halie Harton with 11 and Lee Golden with six. Kameryn Hayes dished out a match high 41 assists while Lauren Britten tallied 13 digs on the afternoon to lead WT.

West Texas A&M hit .267 as a team with 15 attack errors and 9.0 total blocks while the Pioneers hit just .129 as a team with 23 attack errors and 8.0 total blocks on the afternoon.

The Pioneers were led by Josie Santos with 10 kills followed by Chloeâ?? Tate with seven and Marcela Alves/Jaqueline Santon with six each. Kayla Rivero led TWU with 19 assists while Torie Talkington led the team with 13 digs.

The Lady Buffs return to action on Tuesday night as they head down Highway 60 to face off with the rival Zias of Eastern New Mexico with first serve set for 7 p.m. from Greyhound Arena in Portales, New Mexico.