Round 1: Evansville vs. Sam Houston
EVANSVILLE 3, SAM HOUSTON 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21)
CHICAGO, IL – Argentinian freshman Giulia Cardona had 21 kills and Alondra Vazquez added 18 kills as Evansville swept by Sam Houston State in the opening round of the 2021 NIVC.
The Aces (20-11) will face Bradley or Chicago State in Round 2. Taya Haffner closed with 42 assists and Blakeley Freeman chipped in with 13 digs. Hit.304.
Set 1 was back-and-forth until the Aces used a 4-0 run to pull ahead late, with the winning point coming on a Sam Houston service error. Evansville used a 7-2 run to pull ahead, 16-9, in Set 2 and saw the Bearkats respond as kills from Ashley Lewis made it 16-13 and 19-17. The Aces put it away on game point with a kill from Cardona.
Catherine Krieger had 12 kills for Sam Houston (18-10) and Hannah Baker added 19 digs.