It was a clean sweep for the SFA Ladyjacks volleyball team as they advance to round two of the Southland Conference tournament after a 3-0 win against No. 8 seed University of New Orleans.
SFA won the sets with scores of 25-17, 25-23 and 25-21. With an eight-point lead in the first set, it was junior setter Margaret Dean who scored the set winning point with one of her three game service aces.
In set one, SFA took the lead in kills with 16 total team kills to UNO’s 10. By sets two and three, UNO had the most kills with 17 in the second and 16 in the third. Senior EhizeOmoghibo, playing opposite of the setter, was the overall game leader in kills with 17, with SFA’s senior outside hitter XariahWilliams coming in second with 11 kills.
UNO came back in set two with a five-point lead from the start. The first two sets were tied at the half, with each team scoring back and forth. Set two consisted of several long rallies. SFA took the second set with a close lead of 25-23 as freshman outside hitter Ariana Pagan finished the set with a service ace.
UNO’s freshman setter/ opposite of setter Lucie Pokornatook the lead in assists with 36. SFA’s senior setter Ann Hollas was second with 19 assists and recorded another double-double with 10 digs.
SFA was at a two-set lead at the start of the third set andultimately stole the game with a shutout. UNO was first to 20 in the third set with a kill by Omoghibo, taking the lead by twopoints. It was senior outside hitter Corin Evans who caused a four-point lead in the third set with two attack errors by UNO’s junior outside hitter Chloe Hampton followed by two back to back service aces from Evans. The Ladyjacks finished the game with a 7-1 run.
Evans scored the most points overall with 13.5 individual game points that contributed to the total team points of 57.
While UNO dominated in overall team kills (43-39), assists (43-37) and digs (63-61), it was SFA who ultimately beat UNO with a .229 attacking percentage compared to UNO’s .165 attacking percentage.
SFA will play against the winner of match 4 at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow with a chance to advance to the Championship Match on Sunday.