It was another huge weekend for the No. 5-ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffs who came away with key wins against a very talented Arkansas-Fort Smith team followed by another victory over Oklahoma Christian in Lone Star Conference action on Friday and Saturday at the WTAMU Fieldhouse.
Coming into the matchup with the Lions on Friday, UAFS was unbeaten in the league until the Lady Buffs showed their strength with a convincing 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 win.
WTAMU then followed that huge win with a four-set victory over the Eagles in four-sets on Saturday, 25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 25-17.
The Lady Buffs have now put themselves into a share of the conference lead at 9-1 with Angelo State (19-3, 9-1). WTAMU improves to 20-2 overall, has a current 10-game win streak going and has defended their home court to perfection with a 13-0 mark.
“It was a huge weekend for us,” WTAMU head coach Kendra Potts said. “Things will still need to go our way down the stretch and it’s up to us to take care of things. But it was a great weekend and I’m proud of how we played against two really good programs.”
Against the Lady Lions (17-4, 7-1), senior star Torrey Miller racked up 15 kills and led the back row with 19 digs. It was Miller’s fifth double-double of the season. Ainsley Mills had 18 assists and Canyon grad Carly Evetts led the team with six blocks.
“Fort Smith is a legit team,” Potts said. “We knew this was going to be a tough game, but I loved the way we played. We were really good on offense, and we handled the game-plan we implemented well. It was an overall team effort.”
In Saturday’s victory of OCU (11-12, 3-7), Emma Becker put together a strong outing with 13 kills on 34 attempts. Canyon graduate and WTAMU libero Bryli Contreras was very good on defense with 26 digs with two aces and Hereford grad Taytum Stow led the team with four blocks.
“OCU is going through a lot right now,” Potts said. “They came in and played very well against us. We know they were a very good blocking team, so I’m glad the offense stepped up and found ways to attack them.”
The Lady Buffs continue LSC play with a matchup at home against Lubbock Christian at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.