SFA volleyball team prepares for rival match against Bearkats

Junior middle blocker Taya Mitchell jumps for a kill during the match against Nicholls. The Ladyjacks have a 15-game winning streak and are the only undefeated team in the conference.

It’s rivalry week for the Ladyjacks as the volleyball team prepares to take on the Sam Houston State Bearkats at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Shelton Gym. They will also play Houston Baptist University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Houston.

The Ladyjacks have a 22-1 overall record, a 10-0 conference record and a .957 winning percentage. SFA continues its 15-game winning streak after defeating the University of Central Arkansas 3-0 and second ranked Northwestern State University 3-1. Against the Sugar Bears, the Ladyjacks had a .300 attacking percentage while UCA had a .120 attacking percentage.

On Saturday in the match against NSU, the Lady Demons won the first set 25- 23, breaking the Ladyjacks’ nation’s-longest set streak. SFA was able to take the third and fourth sets easily, going on a 9-2 run at the beginning of the third and an 11-2 run at the beginning of the fourth.

They also did not allow them to reach over 15 points in both sets. SFA had an attacking percentage of .301 in the game with a total of 12 blocks and 33 kills while NSU had a .174 attacking percentage.

“You earn the opportunity to play in big matches,” head coach Debbie Humphreys said. “That [game] was a championship type match for us, and we have the same thing going on.”

Sam Houston is third in the conference, right behind NSU, with an 8-2 conference record, a 12-10 overall record and a .545 winning percentage. The Bearkats are coming off a 3-2 loss against McNeese team has an attacking percentage of .213 while allowing opponents a .190 attacking percentage. The Bearkats average 12.2 assists per set, 15.7 digs per set and 1.9 blocks per set.

Junior outside hitter Ashley Lewis leads the Bearkats offense with 309 kills this season, averaging 3.59 kills per set and a .203 hitting percentage. On defense, she has a total of 220 digs and 2.56 digs per set. Lewis also has 35 blocks and averages 0.41 block per set. Defensive setter and libero Addison Miller has 409 digs this season, averaging 4.76 digs per set.

HBU is ranked fifth in the SLC with a 6-4 conference record, 14-11 overall record and a .560 winning percentage. The Huskies have a .193 attacking percentage and allow opponents a .179 attacking percentage. The team averages 12.4 kills per set, 11.5 assists per set, 17.4 digs per set and two blocks per set.

Junior outside hitter Mikayla Vivens has a total of 297 kills, averaging 3.3 kills per set and a .182 hitting percentage.

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