Top-Seeded SFA Axes No. 5 HBU to Move Ahead to Championship Match

first_imgNATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin controlled the tempo early and strolled to a straight-set victory over No. 5 seed Houston Baptist in Saturday afternoon’s Southland Conference Tournament semifinal match at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Set TwoAlthough Stephen F. Austin never trailed, game two was evenly matched as both teams recorded four blocks and 15 kills throughout the set. Coleman and Hanna partnered for eight of SFA’s kills. After the opening set where HBU committed 10 errors, the Huskies turned their play around for a .250 team attack percentage. The highlight of the set came from SFA’s Peyton Redmond who channeled her inner soccer player and sent the ball over the net with her foot late in the set catching Houston Baptist’s defense off guard and sending the Ladyjacks ahead 22-20. The play was followed by a timeout from HBU, but the damage had been done as Stephen F. Austin rounded out the game with a block from Williams to capture a 25-22 win.Goal…errr…kill…uhhh…what sport are we playing again?#NCAAVB #SCtop10 (via @SFA_Volleyball)pic.twitter.com/2cY8kcVfj3— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) November 17, 2018 Set OneStephen F. Austin took control early scoring the opening three points on a block and pair of kills from Haley Coleman and Danae Daron. The Ladyjacks then proceeded create distance from the Huskies jumping to a 14-7 lead following a kill Anyia Williams. Houston Baptist chipped away at the SFA advantage and brought their deficit to 16-14 with a kill from Madison O’Brien. Stephen F. Austin then called a timeout that rejuvenated the squad and allowed the Ladyjacks to register four of the next five points to take a 20-15 advantage. Once again, the Huskies mounted another comeback that brought them within one point of SFA at 22-21. The late surge was not enough as SFA secured the 25-22 win on an attack error by HBU. 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox Score | Photos Houston Baptist’s Mikayla Vivens completed her 24th double-double performance of the season, a mark that leads the Southland Conference, after recording 13 digs and a match-high 14 kills. Hannah Lewis attempted to slow down the SFA attack with 17 of the Huskies 55 digs: however, HBU simply could not keep up with the Stephen F. Austin offense who dealt out seven aces.center_img The Ladyjacks will look seize the Southland Tournament Championship facing off against the winner of No. 2 seed Central Arkansas and No. 3 seed Sam Houston State. The championship match is slated for Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app. SFA’s offense made quick work of the Huskies as Makenzee Hanna led the Ladyjack charge with 12 kills on 20 swings for a scorching .550 attack percentage. Ann Hollas followed up her opening-round with 22 assists and 11 digs for her 16th double-double of the season. Sabrina Monaco joined Hollas with 11 digs of her own. McKenzie Brewer tied a season-high performance with a career-high five aces. Set ThreeThe Ladyjacks once again took control from the start racing out to a 14-5 lead over the Huskies following back-to-back aces from Brewer. Although SFA seemed to be in the position close out the set, HBU found a groove and registered a 7-2 run that brought the score to 16-12 in favor of SFA. Ann Hollas scored on back-to-back plays to reclaim the momentum and pace the Ladyjacks to a 25-18 victory.last_img

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