The SFA Ladyjacks volleyball team concludes the regular season with two home games as they face Lamar University at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and McNeese State University at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be held in Shelton Gym, and Saturday’s game will be Senior Day.
These will be the last two games before the Southland Conference Tournament, which will be held Nov. 22-24 at the Farris Center in Conway, Arkansas.
SFA finished its regular season slate of road matches last Saturday after defeating University of the Incarnate Word in three sets. The victory gave the Ladyjacks the Southland Conference regular season title, their third consecutive title and 11th in program history. SFA also extended its nation-leading wins to 26 and extended their winning streak to 19 matches.
Lamar is coming off a victory as they defeated Southeastern Louisiana University in five sets last Saturday. They hold a 9-15 overall record, a 4-10 SLC record and rank 11th in the conference. In October, the Cardinals hosted the match against SFA, which the Ladyjacks won in three straight sets.
The Cardinals have a .164 attacking percentage and average 12.1 kills per set. They average 11.5 assists per set, 14.6 digs per set and 1.4 blocks per set.
Sophomore outside hitter Abigaile Nash leads Lamar’s offense in kills with 270, averaging 3.29 kills per set, allowing her to rank fifth in the conference. Nash also leads the Cardinals in points with 296.5. Defensively, the Arizona native has recorded 271 digs, ranking second on the team, and 12 blocks.
Freshman middle blocker Malaysia Murdock holds a team-high .296 hitting percentage. She ranks third on the team in kills with 184 and is second on the team in blocks with 49. As a team, the Cardinals rank second in the conference with 140 service aces, averaging 1.63 per set in 86 sets.
McNeese comes to Nacogdoches after a matchup with Abilene Christian University on Thursday. Ranking 10th in the conference, the Cowgirls defeated Nicholls state 3-1 on Saturday. They possess a 11-15 overall record with a 4-10 SLC record. They last played SFA in October and lost to the Ladyjacks in three straight sets.
The Cowgirls have a .186 attacking percentage, averaging 11.9 kills per set. They also average 11.2 assists per set, 14.8 digs per set and two blocks per set.
Senior outside hitter Keegan Nelms leads McNeese with 259 kills, averaging 2.76 per set and holds a .195 hitting percentage. Additionally, she leads the Cowgirls with 299 points and is second on the team with 28 service aces. Defensively, the Santa Fe native has recorded 258 digs and 20 blocks.
Following behind Nelms on offense is junior outside hitter Alexis Lambert with 248 kills and a .271 hitting percentage. Angela McGownd, a senior defensive setter/ libero, leads the team with 442 digs, averaging 4.91 digs per set.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+, and Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3.