Lexie Malam

Houston High School graduate Lexie Malam will compete in the NAIA Volleyball National Championship this week with Lindenwood University.

Lindenwood faces Biola in pool play Tuesday afternoon, followed by matches the next two days with California Baptist and Bellevue. The Lady Lions are competing at nationals for the third time in school history. All three appearances have been in the last four years.

The top two teams from each pool advance to the single elimination bracket beginning Friday. The tournament is being held in Sioux City, Iowa.

Malam, a senior setter, averages a team-best 5.49 assists per set. She has posted 10 assist/dig double-doubles this season and was recently selected as an honorable mention member of the all-conference team.

Lindenwood was not ranked in the preseason NAIA poll, but was ranked in the final seven regular season polls and concluded the season at No. 20. The Lady Lions have won 17 of their last 18 matches entering the national tournament.

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