Undefeated Ladyjacks to play at Arkansas Invitational

The Ladyjacks volleyball team prays before the exhibition match against Tulane on August 24. Coach Debbie Humphreys wins 700th game with the program and three ladyjacks earn spots on the All-Tournament team at the Northwestern State invitational tournament.

The Ladyjack volleyball team continues to break records and win awards. After another three wins at the Northwestern Under Armour Tournament, SFA will play at the Arkansas State Invitational on Sept. 12-14 in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the First National Bank Arena. 

            SFA continues with an undefeated streak. Their record being 7-0 overall. Friday’s win against Austin Peay University was coach Debbie Humphreys’ 700thcareer win, making her one of 11 active D1 NCAA volleyball coaches with 700 or more wins. Danae Daron, Margaret Dean and Corin Evans were named to the All-Tournament Team at the NU tournament. Evans was named as the tournament MVP.

            Evans leads the team with 64 kills, 27 of them from this past tournament. She obtained her third double-double of the season against Austin Peay with 11 kills and 12 digs. Daron also contributed with 10 kills during the match and a .529 attacking percentage.

            Most of SFA defense comes from junior defensive specialist Madelynn Miller. In the seven games this season, Miller has contributed with 119 digs, her highest being 26 against Southern Methodist University.

            The first match SFA will play in the Arkansas tournament will be against Arkansas State University at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Arkansas State has a 4-2 overall record after playing at the Belmont Bruiser Showcase tournament and the Southern Mississippi Tournament. 

            The Red Wolves junior outside hitter Peyton Uhlenhake had 40 kills and 28 digs for the weekend. She acquired her fourth double-double of the season with 21 kills and 11 digs against Mississippi State and 11 kills and 12 digs against the University of New Orleans.

            SFA will then face the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. on Friday. The Ladyjacks faced the Golden Lions last year winning 3-0. Evans lead in that game with 11 kills followed by Daron with 7 kills.

            The Golden Lions hold a 0-6 overall record, losing every game in the UNO Invitational tournament and the University of Memphis Tiger Brawl tournament. UAPB has an average attacking percentage of .078 and 8.9 kills per set, allowing opponents to have a .182 attacking percentage average and 11 kills per set.

            Leading the Golden Lions in kills is freshman outside hitter Zyaire Garrit with 17 kills this season, averaging 1.7 kills per set and a .157 attacking percentage. Delilah Cardenas has 27 digs on defense this season for UAPB, averaging three digs per set. Defensive contributors include Garrit and Darynne Bickers, each having five blocks.

            The final game of the tournament will be against Rice University at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Rice has a 6-0 overall record, playing several non-conference games and the Ole Miss Rebel Invitational and the Rice Adidas Invitational. Rice and SFA are the only two schools in Texas with an undefeated volleyball record. 

Junior outside hitter Nicole Lennon of the Rice Owls surpassed the 1,000-kill mark in the game against Abilene Christian University. Lennon tallied 13 kills against ACU and 96 in the season. She has a season-high of 20 kills against the University of Central Florida. She has also been able to maintain a .301 attacking percentage and 55 kills this season.

            Another contributor for Rice offense is sophomore middle blocker Anota Adekunle with 56 kills this season and a .353 attacking percentage.

All games will be broadcasted through sfavolleyblog.net. After this week, the Ladyjacks play their last invitational at the Maverick Invitational tournament on Sept. 20-21 in Arlington.

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