CONWAY, Ark. —
Following its 16th sweep of the season, No. 2 seed UTSA will face third-seeded Sam Houston State in the semifinals of the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Farris Center.
The Roadrunners (21-10) are making their second consecutive semifinal appearance after using a balanced attack to move past Stephen F. Austin in the opening round on Friday.
Redshirt junior Kelsey Schwirtlich handed out a match-high 41 assists and guided UTSA to a .393 hitting percentage, the highest postseason mark in program history.
The Bearkats (18-12) edged No. 6 seed UT Arlington in five sets to advance on Friday.
Carli Kolbe posted a double-double of 30 kills and 20 digs to lead Sam Houston State into the semifinals for the first time since 2008.
Saturday marks the 52nd meeting between the two teams with the Bearkats holding a 28-23 advantage in the all-time series. However, it's only the second time the two clubs have met in the Southland Tournament. The Roadrunners swept the Bearkats in the semifinals on Nov. 19, 2005.
The two teams split the season series this year. The Birds swept the Bearkats in San Antonio on Sept. 29, while Sam Houston State handed UTSA its first conference loss on Nov. 3 in Huntsville.
The winner will advance to the championship match at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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