Despite freshman setter Shannon Connell recording her second double-double of the season, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack volleyball team dropped their first home match of 2013 in a 3-0 decision to Sam Houston Thursday night inside Shelton Gym.
SFA (12-11, 4-6 SLC) was 5-0 at home prior to facing the Bearkats (13-7, 10-1).
Setters Connell and Paige Holland split time for the Ladyjacks, each appearing in all three sets. Connell finished with 14 digs and 12 assists, while Holland recorded 17 assists. The 14 digs for Connell was a season-high.
Libero OJ Olson anchored the back line and joined Connell in double-figure digs, recording 16.
Junior Jill Ivy and sophomore Jacque Allen led the SFA attack, each recording eight kills. The three-set loss marked the return for Ivy, who last played at Oral Roberts (Oct. 3). Freshman Kaitlyn Granger recorded seven kills, with fellow outside hitter Tori Bates recording six, as the Ladyjacks were held to a season-low .023 attack percentage.
Allen recorded three block assists, as SFA finished with five as a team.
SHSU took an early 2-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back in a 25-20 victory over the Ladyjacks.
The second and third set proved to be a back-and-forth affair between SFA and the Bearkats, as the two matches drew even on 18 points. A Ladyjack attack error at 15-15 gave SHSU the edge in the second set. After SFA evened the score 23-23, the Bearkats closed the set with a kill and service ace. In the third set, the Ladyjacks rallied from down 23-19 to tie the match at 24-24 before SHSU capitalized on a kill and attack error to close the match 3-0.
SFA will look to get back on track at home, when the Ladyjacks host Lamar at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
- SFA Athletics