Ladyjacks end season with loss to Trojans in NCAA tournament

The Ladyjacks volleyball team is unable to continue to the second round of the NCAA tournament and ending its season after losing to the University of Southern California Trojans 3-0 in Waco.

It was a challenge for the Ladyjacks from the start of the match as the Trojans began the first set with a 10-4 lead. The Ladyjacks went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead but the Trojans give up their lead in the entire set. USC won the first set 25-18 as the Ladyjacks had a .077 attacking percentage as the Trojans had a .318 attacking percentage.

The Ladyjacks started the second set with a 7-2 lead before the Trojans went on a 4-0 run to tie the game. USC went on another 4-0 run to take the lead and remained with the lead the rest of the set and won 25-19. USC had a .457 attacking percentage while SFA had a .238 attaking percentage in the set.

In the third and final set of the match, the Ladyjacks were unable to stop USC’s runs as the Trojans finished with a .400 attacking percentage to win the set 25-16. Senior middle blocker Danae Daron had a total of 11 kills with a .500 hitting percentage and three blocks for the game. Senior setter Ann Hollas was able to clench her final double-double of her collegiate career with 19 assists and 10 digs.

Two USC players also added double-doubles for the game. Junior outside hitter Brooke Bortkin had 17 kills and 16 digs and senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had 15 kills and 10 digs. The Ladyjacks had a total of 34 kills and 53 digs compared to USC’s 54 kills and 56 digs.

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