After four games and 19 days without the SFA volleyball team playing on their home court, the Ladyjacks will head back to Shelton Gym this week.
SFA will play the University of New Orleans Privateers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and the Nicholls State University Colonels at 1 p.m. Saturday. These two games will mark the halfway point of the Southland Conference season for the Ladyjacks.
It will be the first time this season SFA will play against both teams, and they will face them again just days before the SLC tournament in November. The Ladyjacks maintained their winning streak during their away games as well as an undefeated conference record. The Privateers carry a record of 10-14, 4-5, while the Colonels are 3-19, 1-8.
New Orleans has a winning percentage of .417, but also hold a five-game losing streak. The Privateers demonstrate a strong defense by averaging 13.7 digs and 2.2 blocks per set. They have an attack percentage of .207 and average 11.6 kills per set. Kaitlyn Gracie is a player to look out for offensively, as she holds an attack percentage of .346.
The Ladyjacks are slightly above New Orleans in statistics. SFA will need to play smart, especially defensively, against the Privateers.
The match versus Nicholls State should be a favorable matchup for the Ladyjacks. The Colonels also have a five-game losing streak and have only won one conference game, which was against Southeastern Louisiana University. They have a winning percentage of .136, and if the Ladyjacks continue to play as they have all season, it should be the favorable side.
Not only do the Colonels have a low winning percentage, but their offense lacks in comparison to their opponents. Nicholls State’s attacking percentage average is .127, while its opponents’ attacking percentage is .242.
Even though the Colonels have a weak offense, they do have a good defense. Three players have contributed greatly to their defense— Alexa Perry, who averages 2.25 digs per set, Heidi Carpenter, averaging 2.28 digs per set and Emily Venabel, averaging 3.95 digs per set. Venabel holds the lead in the team with 304 digs, 131 digs more than Carpenter, who is second in digs.
Thursday’s game will be televised on ESPN3, and Saturday’s game will be on ESPN+. The Ladyjacks will then head to Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Oct. 25 to face McNeese.