SAN ANTONIO — There will be no sharing of the 2019 Southland Conference title.
Behind a match-high 13 terminations from senior Corin Evans and a double-double by Ann Hollas, the Ladyjacks made sure they would be the only once in possession of the 2019 Southland Conference regular season title by taking down Incarnate Word 3-0 at the McDermott Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.
KEY STATISTICS OF NOTE
• Evans’ 13 terminations were a match-high and the senior added two block assists and a pair of digs to complete a fine afternoon.
• Hollas generated a 17-assist, 11-dig double-double and kept the Cardinals off-balance in the serve/receive game, too. The senior piled up three of the Ladyjacks’ six service aces while also coming through with three blocks and five kills.
• Danae Daron and Taya Mitchell each racked up six kills and five blocks as SFA kept its perfect run through Southland Conference play intact.
• For the Cardinals, Clapp and Monday recorded 11 kills apiece while Pilar Gonzaba added an 11-assist, 14-dig double-double.
• SFA picked up its nation-leading 26th victory and extended its winning streak to 19 consecutive matches.
• An 11-3 advantage in blocks helped the Ladyjacks get the job done, too.
COMING UP NEXT
• In possession of the Southland Conference regular season crown, the Ladyjacks return to Shelton Gym next week for their final home stand of the regular season. SFA’s final two regular season showdowns are set to occur next week with the first one coming Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. against Lamar.
SET ONE | SFA 29, Incarnate Word 27
• Intent on putting an end to the Ladyjacks’ winning streak, the Cardinals came out and took control early on in the initial frame. A kill and a bad set by UIW helped SFA claim a 5-3 edge in the infancy of the set, but UIW reeled off six consecutive points to take a 9-5 lead.
• Incarnate Word kept its foot on the gas, going ahead 20-15 before SFA was able to find its footing. Five unforced Incarnate Word errors coupled with service aces by Corin Evans and Ann Hollas represented a large portion of SFA’s 8-2 run that put the visitors ahead 23-22.
• The Cardinals battled back and won back-to-back point to go up 24-23, but Xariah Williams made sure Incarnate Word wouldn’t walk away with a win by pounding down consecutive terminations to put SFA back up, 25-24.
• SFA fended off two more match point tries by the Cardinals and ended the frame on a 3-0 run to escape with a 1-0 lead. UIW’s offense generated 21 terminations in the set and the hosts hit .292 while SFA attacked at a clip of .231.
SET TWO | SFA 25, Incarnate Word 18
• Intent on making sure the Cardinals couldn’t build on anything from the first set, SFA raced out to a 12-3 lead in the middle frame fueled by Evans. The senior piled up four kills during that surge to start the set while Hollas chipped in a pair as well.
• That run proved to be important as the Cardinals went on one of their own to pull within three points, 17-14. From there, though, Daron made sure the home team would get no closer.
• The senior started a 7-1 run with a kill and piled up three blocks during that surge which pushed the Ladyjacks’ lead to 24-15. Daron also ended the set by pounding down her third termination of the frame.
• SFA’s defense showed up in a big way in the middle frame, limiting the Cardinals to an attack percentage of just .093.
SET THREE | SFA 25, Incarnate Word 14
• A service error by SFA handed the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead, but that was one of the only positive things to happen for the home team.
• SFA took control after that, hitting Incarnate Word with a 7-1 run that featured two terminations by Ann Hollas as well as a service ace courtesy of Margaret Dean.
• Back-to-back kills by Allison Waits and Julia Monday cut the Ladyjacks’ lead down to 14-9, but SFA answered with a 9-1 run powered by kills from four different players. Dean served up her second ace of the set, too, during that surge which pushed SFA’s lead to 23-10.
• Putting together its most efficient set of the afternoon, SFA hit .387 and held the Cardinals to a clip of only .033. Incarnate Word generated just eight kills against seven errors.