No. 1 Ladyjacks take on No. 8 TAMUCC in first round of SLC Tournament

Peyton Redmond and Danae Daron attempt a block. SFA will take on TAMUCC at 11 a.m. Friday in Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Throughout the season, the SFA Ladyjacks have kept the purple lights on and have brought pride to the fans and community. To keep the excitement going, the Ladyjacks will compete in Natchitoches, Louisiana, in the Prather Coliseum on Friday against Texas A&M University Corpus Christi at 11 a.m. in the Southland Conference Tournament Quarterfinals.

The tournament will be played from Friday to Sunday. Only the top eight teams in the SLC will competing in the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday at noon and the championship game at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. SFA finishes 29-2 and undefeated in their conference 16-0 and with a 26-game winning streak.

If the Ladyjacks win the first game of the tournament, they will be playing the winner of the match between Abilene Christian University and Houston Baptist University. TAMUCC won half of their games and have a winning percentage of .323.

The toughest competitors SFA has a possibility of facing is the University of Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State University, who are second and third in the SLC. If both teams win their quarterfinal match, they will play each other on Saturday. Central Arkansas (24-5, 14-2) defeated the Bearkats with the same score SFA beat them 3-1 in the one season game UCA faced them in.

Not only did the Ladyjacks achieve an undefeated record and the SLC title for the 10th time in SFA history, individual players made a few achievements of their own. Haley Coleman ended the regular season with a season high 19 kills against Houston Baptist and 18 digs against McNeese. Makenzee Hanna finished her season with highs of 13 kills against UNT and 11 total blocks against ACU.

McKenzie Brewer added to her 1,000th assists with her high of 23 assists against ACU and 12 digs against Rice. In only her second year at SFA, Anyia Williams kept up with the upperclassmen with career-highs of 10 kills against UNT and 11 blocks against ACU. Danae Daron not only made some phenomenal statistics for herself, but she earned two conference defensive player of the week awards and the first SportsImports/AVCA NCAA Division 1 player of the week in teamhistory.

A few other key players include Ann Hollas, Xariah Williams and Peyton Redmond. All players contributed to the great performance the Ladyjacks gave this season, and now it’s time to see how the team will come together and finish strong.

The first six games will be available through live stream on the Southland Digital Network, Southland.org/live and Southland apps. The tournaments championship game will be televised on ESPN, ESPNPlus.com and ESPN apps.

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