The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack volleyball team completed a pair of wins Friday night by tallying 12 blocks with a straight-set win over Louisiana-Monroe. Then the Ladyjacks went on the offensive Saturday, with strong matches from Taya Mitchell and a double double from Ariana Pagan to knock off Lamar, 3-0, and Houston Baptist, 3-2, to complete a 4-0 weekend inside Shelton Gym.
The four wins improves SFA to 5-1 on the year. The Ladyjacks will be back in action this weekend in Mobile, Alabama, as they travel to take part in a group of games hosted by the University of South Alabama. SFA will play South Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe on Friday and South Alabama again on Saturday. These are the final matches scheduled for the fall.
Here’s a recap of the final three matches of this past weekend:
SFA 3, Lamar 0 (Saturday)— Taya Mitchell slammed home 11 kills and the SFA volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win (25-13, 25-19, 25-16) over the Cardinals of Lamar on Saturday afternoon inside Shelton Gym for their second win in as many days against the Cardinals.
Mitchell’s 11 kills on the day off of a hitting percentage of .786 led the Ladyjack offense, while four other Ladyjacks notched at least five kills. Defensively, SFA had two players reach double figures in digs as Ariana Pagan had 16 and Madelynn Miller had 11. Mitchell was also a force at the net in the match, recording five total blocks.
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Bryli Contreras had a match-high four aces in the win one day after notching five in the match against ULM on Friday night.
SFA hit over .340 as a team in each of the final two sets and had 13 or more kills in all three sets.
SFA attackers were helped by a match-high 16 assists from Maddy Borque, while Malgorzata Andersohn finished with 14 helpers.
SET 1 — The Ladyjacks grabbed control of the set-one lead at 5-4 and never looked back to win 25-13. SFA opened up its biggest lead, 12 points, to finish off the set. SFA also supplemented its offense with three aces in the opening set. SFA got a solid defensive performance from a front row that blocked four Lamar attacks in the set.
SET 2 — After their win in the first set, SFA put themselves on the cusp of a sweep with a 25-19 victory in the second set.
The Ladyjacks grabbed the set powered by a strong performance on the attacking side.
SFA registered a .345 attack percentage with 13 kills in the set win. The Ladyjacks ended on a strong note, stretching their lead to its largest point in the set to finish out the second set. The SFA offense also got a boost from three aces in the stanza.
SET 3 — SFA then sealed the sweep with a victory in the third set.
The Ladyjacks grabbed control of the set early when the score was 3-2 and held the lead the rest of the way to win 25-16. SFA ended on a strong note, opening up its biggest lead of the stanza, nine points, to finish off the set, collecting 15 kills in the process.
SFA 3, Houston Baptist 2 (Saturday) — The SFA volleyball team took down the Houston Baptist Huskies, 3-2, (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 15-9) in five sets Saturday night.
The Ladyjacks were led by a double-double from Ariana Pagan, who registered 11 kills and 20 digs on the day. Payton Cerny also added 21 kills while hitting .326 to aid the Ladyjack attack. On the defensive end, Madelynn Miller chipped in 22 digs for the ’Jacks.
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SFA had four players in double figures in kills (Cerny, Pagan, Leah Powell and Susan Gillett).
SFA had five players in double figures in digs (Pagan, Miller, Malgorzata Andersohn, Bryli Contreras, Allie Hamsher).
Madelynn Miller had a match-high three aces in the win, while Bailey Mulder chipped in two in a decisive late run in set two to secure the come-from-behind victory.
SFA never trailed in the fourth set on the way to winning 15-9.
SFA attackers were helped by a team-high 31 assists from Allie Hamsher.
SET 5 — SFA required five sets to win the match. After they won the first two sets, Houston Baptist responded to take the third and fourth sets before the Ladyjacks finished off their victory with a 15-9 fifth-set win. The Ladyjacks scored first and never trailed in set five to earn the victory. SFA opened up as much as a seven point lead at 13-6 before closing out the set, collecting 12 kills in the process.
SET 1 — The Ladyjacks cruised to an early lead, handily winning the first set 25-19. SFA never trailed by more than five points and grabbed the advantage for good at 17-16 in a set that showcased four lead changes before the Ladyjacks took over in the second half of the stanza.
SET 2 — SFA won the second set 25-22 to quickly jump to a 2-0 lead.
The Ladyjacks grabbed the advantage for good at 23-22 in a set that showcased four lead changes before the Ladyjacks took over in the second half of the stanza.
The SFA offense also got a boost from four aces in the stanza.
SET 3 — SFA saw its bid for a 3-0 sweep end when Houston Baptist took set three by a score of 25-21. Houston Baptist grabbed the advantage for good at 18-17 in a set that was tied up nine times before the Huskies took over in the second half of the frame.
SET 4 — SFA then dropped their second straight set 25-22 to bring the match level at two sets apiece. The Ladyjacks lost the set in spite of a solid performance on the attacking end, hitting .308 as a unit. The ’Jacks managed 16 kills in the set but yielded crucial points late to the Huskies.
SFA 3, Louisiana-Monroe 0 (late Friday) — The SFA volleyball team totaled 12 blocks en route to a 3-0 sweep (25-8, 25-19, 25-11) of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Friday evening.
Leah Powell finished with eight kills on the night to lead the Ladyjack’s attack. Defensively, SFA had three players reach double figures in digs, including Madelynn Miller’s 16, another 13 from Ariana Pagan, and 12 more from Allie Hamsher. From the front row, Ashley Procious contributed nine blocks (two solo, seven assisted).
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Ariana Pagan also recorded a match-high three aces in the win.
Ashley Procious had a match-high nine blocks, pacing the SFA front row on the way to 12 team blocks in the match.
SFA never trailed in any of the three sets, continuing the trend from their afternoon match.
SFA got a team-high 16 digs from Madelynn Miller.
SFA attackers were helped by a match-high 18 assists from Allie Hamsher, who notched a double-double with 12 digs as well.
SET 1 — The Ladyjacks grabbed control on the first point and never trailed to win the first set 25-8. SFA opened up its biggest lead, 17 points, to finish off the set.
SFA also supplemented their offense with three aces in the opening set. SFA got a solid defensive performance from a front row that blocked four UL-Monroe attacks in the stanza.
SET 2 — SFA continued to roll after a set-one win by securing a 25-19 victory in the second set. The Ladyjacks took a 1-0 lead and never looked back in the set to earn the victory.
SFA opened up as much as an eight point lead at 14-6 before finishing off the set. SFA’s front row had a solid defensive performance, blocking four UL-Monroe attacks in the stanza.
SET 3 — SFA then capped the three-set sweep with a victory in set number three. The Ladyjacks led from the opening point on in the set to earn a 25-11 victory.
SFA opened up as much as a 15 point lead at 16-1 before finishing off the set. The SFA offense also got a boost from four aces in the stanza. SFA’s front row had a solid defensive performance, blocking four UL-Monroe attacks in the stanza.