SFA Ladyjacks - Margaret Dean

John Krueger/The Daily Sentinel

Stephen F. Austin junior setter Margaret Dean (8) sets the ball during recent home action for the Ladyjacks. SFA will be at home on Saturday, hosting Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. in Shelton Gymnasium. Admittance is free.

Despite being only five matches into the 16-match Southland Conference schedule, Stephen F. Austin is one of only two unbeaten squads in the league race. The Ladyjacks will try to “stay out of the chaos” of the group of nine squads that have between two and four losses in the conference (entering Thursday night) when they host Abilene Christian Saturday in only the third home match of the season.

The matchup between the Ladyjacks and Wildcats will get underway inside Shelton Gymnasium at 1 p.m. The contest will be televised on ESPN3, with the audio broadcast on SFAVolleyBlog.net.

The Ladyjacks are coming off another strong performance Wednesday night, improving their road record to 15-1 with a 25-17, 25-10, 25-20 verdict over New Orleans in a match that took only 74 minutes.

The win boosted SFA to 5-0 in Southland action, keeping them one-half game ahead of Sam Houston State (8-8, 4-0 SLC) and one game ahead of Northwestern State (12-7, 4-1 SLC) heading into the league’s action on Thursday.

“The conference is really shaping up interestingly,” said Ladyjack head coach Debbie Humphreys earlier this week. “We’re only (five) matches into a 16- match conference schedule, but there are only two teams without a loss. And there is only one team [UIW] that has no wins.

“So we’re just trying to take care of our business and stay out of the chaos that’s everywhere else, so that will continue to be our goal this week.”

Abilene Christian entered Thursday night’s at Nicholls with a 4-10 overall mark, while sitting at 2-2 in league contests. The Wildcats are 1-8 away from home.

In addition to winning their last 10 matches, SFA has posted 12 sweeps this season, including 3-0 wins in their last eight outings. The Ladyjacks’ last loss was one month ago Saturday.

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