Axes held high for Ladyjack home victories

The Ladyjacks defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Northern Arizona University this past weekend at their first home tournament.

Purple lights lit up SFA campus this weekend for Ladyjack volleyball’s first home tournament, leaving the team with a 3-2 winning record for the overall season. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette withdrew from the tournament due to COVID tracing in their team Thursday, leaving Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Northern Arizona University to compete with the Ladyjacks and each other.  

“We’re excited to be at home,” head coach Debbie Humphreys said. “Any time you get to host, it’s a great thing. We’re looking forward to being in front of the home crowd and just getting back on the court again.” 

The tournament lasted from Thursday to Saturday and included three of the six originally-scheduled games, due to ULL’s withdrawal. The Ladyjacks entered this first home tournament with a 1-2 losing record from the first tournament of the season. After two four-set games and a 2-0 tournament record, the Ladyjacks are on a three-game winning streak. 

“The whole point right now is a growth mindset,” Humphreys said. “We just want to be more consistent. With each week we’re just trying to take positive steps forward.” 

Highlights from the tournament include a career stat for Humphreys; with the Ladyjacks’ defeat of NAU Thursday (3-1), Humphreys obtained her 750th career victory. Additionally, in the last game this weekend, the Ladyjacks dominated A&M-CC (3-1), who won the Southland Championship Tournament last season after knocking SFA out of the running.  

“[A&M-CC]’s style of play is really unique,” assistant coach Evan Amstutz said. “We knew it was going to be really fun.” 

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