SFA Ends Skid With Win Over Lions

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Ladyjacks put an end to their four-match losing streak on Saturday, getting 12 kills from MC Bottles in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-18) sweep of Southeastern Louisiana at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

SFA (9-12, 2-4) has not lost to the Lions (10-13, 2-4) since the 2003 season and hit at a .265 mark on Saturday and held Southeastern to just .011 hitting with no Lion registering more than six kills.

"We haven't felt what it's like to get a win in a while and it is something that we really needed to feel," head coach Debbie Humphreys said. "We nearly pulled one out at Sam Houston earlier this week when we played pretty well, but to finally get another win is a big step for us to try and turn this thing around.

Bottles was the only player to reach double-figure kills, but four other Ladyjacks had at least six kills and the team combined for nine rejections with Sabrina Burns leading the way with five. With Kelsey Owens out due to illness, Monica Pannone got the start and responded with eight kills, while Leslie Jackson and Allison Gideon had six apiece. Madison Hanlan paced everyone with a match-high 12 digs.

"It's always good to have someone step up when you have one of your primary hitters out," Humphreys said. "Monica [Pannone] and Leslie [Jackson] both did a great job today as did Ari [Daron] in hitting from the left side when she normally plays on the right for us."

SFA had little trouble in jumping out to a 1-0 lead behind six of Bottles' kills in the first set. The Ladyjacks jumped out to an 8-2 lead early on and never had the lead trimmed to anything less than two points at 13-11 before putting the Lions away on a kill from Jackson on SFA's third try at a set point.

In the second SFA continued to swing well, hitting .212 with 14 kills as team, compared to just six successful swings for the Lions. The Ladyjacks scored seven of nine points in an early stretch of the set to extend its lead to a comfortable 15-6 margin and once again cruised the rest of the way to a 2-0 lead at the half.

The third set did not take much longer than the rest with SFA picking up 16 of its 25 points directly from successful swings, while Southeastern could only manage a -.040 attack percentage of its own. Arielle Daron had four kills in the third set, while Jackson, Pannone and Bottles added three apiece as SFA cruised to the seven-point win to clinch the match.

SFA heads back to the road next week for a pair of matches along the I-35 corridor at SLC West foes UT-Arlington and Texas State beginning Thursday at Texas Hall in Arlington.