The Ladyjacks volleyball team won the regular season title for the third consecutive year. Now, they look for a second consecutive tournament title in the Southland Conference tournament with the first game against eighth seed University of New Orleans at 4 p.m. on Friday at Farris Center in Conway, Arkansas.
After their second perfect season, the Ladyjacks finished with a 28-1 overall record, 16-0 conference record and a .966 winning percentage. UNO has a 13-17 overall record, a 6-10 conference record and a .433 winning percentage.
In the 2018 conference tournament, the Ladyjacks lost on set throughout the entire tournament which happened in the first match against Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi Islanders. The match was a comeback from the previous season after losing 3-2 to Abilene Christian University in the first match of the tournament.
SFA went on to defeat Houston Baptist University and the University of Central Arkansas 3-0 in the following two matches of last year’s tournament and received a bid to the NCAA tournament. They played the No. 5 ranked University of Texas and lost in three sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-21).
The Ladyjacks come off their last two home and conference with 3-0 wins against Lamar University and McNeese State. In the match against Lamar on Thursday, SFA did not allow the Cardinals to reach 20 points in any of the sets. SFA had a .424 hitting percentage for the game with 38 kills while Lamar had a .094 hitting percentage with 31 kills. In defense, the Ladyjacks had nine blocks and 43 digs. The Cardinals had one block and 38 digs for the game.
Saturday’s match against McNeese was a similar match until the third set where the Cowgirls had a 6-1 run and were leading the set. Following, the Ladyjacks went on a 4-0 run to win the game. SFA had a .302 hitting percentage with 37 kills while McNeese had a .204 hitting percentage with 38 kills.
McNeese fell to SFA 3-0. Junior Ehize Omoghibo, playing opposite of the setter, leads the team’s offense with 339 kills, averaging 3.17 kills per set with a .248 attacking percentage. Behind Omoghibo in kills is junior outside hitter Brianna Vega with 259 kills, averaging 2.76 kills per set.
On defense, senior defensive setter/ libero Andrea Nava leads the team with 456 digs this season, averaging 4.22 digs per set. Sh’Diamond Holly, a freshman middle blocker, is also a contributor on defense for UNO with 93 blocks, 26 solo and 67 assisted. Holly averages 0.93 blocks per set.
If the Ladyjacks win on Friday, they will play against the winner of match four, which will be TAMUCC against UCA, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Games one through six will be broadcast through the Southland Digital Network, and the game seven will be live streamed on ESPN+.