2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photo Gallery Angela McGownd was the maestro on defense for the Cowgirls providing 27 of McNeese’s 73 digs for the match. Keegen Nelms led the McNeese squad with 15 kills. The Bearkats provided 17 blocks on the afternoon, marking the most by a Sam Houston State team since the 2009 season where they recorded 20.5 against University of Texas San Antonio. Taylor Cunningham came up with 10 blocks on her own to tie her single-game career-high. Cunningham is now the fourth Bearkat in program history to provide 10 or more blocks on multiple occasions. Set OneMcNeese hammered home 17 kills from six players in their 25-23 opening-set win over Sam Houston State. Keegan Nelms led the Cowgirls with four kills on 13 swings as McNeese hit a .233 hitting average. McGownd and Alexandra Aguilera combined for 13 of the Cowgirls 18 digs. Set ThreeThe Bearkats made quick work of the Cowgirls in the third set with a 25-14 victory that was highlighted by a .341 SHSU hitting percentage. Sam Houston State commanded respect at the net with seven blocks that limited McNeese to a .106 hitting average. Cunningham and Lewis once again headlined SHSU’s offense combining for nine of the Bearkats’ 15 kills. NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana – No. 3 Sam Houston State proved too powerful for McNeese as they outlasted the No. 6 Cowgirls 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 26-24) in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Sam Houston State moves on to the semifinal round where they will face the winner of No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 7 Northwestern State. Opening serve is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network. Set TwoAshley Lewis and Taylor Cunningham charged the Bearkat offense as the tandem combined for eight of Sam Houston State’s 15 kills. McNeese’s McGownd attempted to divert the SHSU’s offense with nine of the Cowgirl’s 17 digs in the set. Despite McNeese’s defensive efforts, Sam Houston State improved upon their opening set to capture a .289 hitting percentage and a 25-20 win. Set FourAmanda Gooch proved to be the deciding factor for Sam Houston State recording five kills in the final set to lift the Bearkats to a 26-24 victory. Offense was level between SHSU and McNeese in the final set as each team recorded 14 kills. However, the Bearkats’ defense held strong with a trio of blocks that helped overcome the Cowgirl attack.
A man believed to be in his 30s was killed on Saturday at the Slipway-Johnson Street intersection when a speeding vehicle skidded off the road and knocked him off the sidewalk.According to an eyewitness, the man was hit by a black 4 door KIA, marked PC-7941 which reportedly developed brake failure causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The incident occurred around ‘Dis and Dat’ Beauty Saloon between 9 or 10 am.The victim, according to another eyewitness, was seen walking from the Gabriel Tucker Bridge towards Johnson and Broad Streets when he met his fate.Many onlookers observed that the victim was breathing after the accident but there was no emergency assistance and no ambulance arrived on the scene from any of the clinics and hospitals in the city.According to another report the driver was stopped by a police officer for a violation that could not be confirmed. The driver, whose identity is still unknown, told the lady police officer that his car’s brake had failed and was not driveable downhill, said the eye witness.‘’The police officer then got in the car and compelled the driver to drive. When the driver got the vehicle in motion, he could not even slow down or stop when he tried to,” the eyewitness said.The police on the scene and later at the nearby Depot declined to speak to the press on the grounds that their investigation was not concluded but confirmed that the driver was in police custody. Up to press time last night the identities of both the driver and the deceased are still unknown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)