The 2006 volleyball season came to a close Saturday evening when the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks were defeated by the Texas Longhorns, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA tournament held at Gregory Gymnasium on the Texas campus in Austin. The loss snapped a 26-match win streak for the Ladyjacks.
Although SFA put the ball on the ground first in Game 1 on a block by Traci Rohde, Texas put together several 4-0 runs to put together an eventual 11-point lead at the 20-9 mark. The Ladyjacks could not string together more than two points at a time, and fell, 30-16. In the second game of the match, SFA once again struck first and kept the Longhorns' lead to within two points until Texas went on a 4-0 run off an 8-8 tie to make the score 12-8. An 8-3 run extended the Longhorns' lead to 28-17, and gave them the 30-19 win.
The Longhorns wasted no time in the third set, taking a 5-0 lead coming out of the break. The quick jump set back the Ladyjacks who cut the lead to four at 10-6. But Texas extended the comfort zone by scoring the next eight points. The Longhorns sealed the victory with a score of 30-21. Rohde was the only Ladyjack to post double-digit kills with 10. JJ Jones had 25 digs in the match with SFA all-time digs leader Stephanie Figgers collecting 17 digs.
The Ladyjacks, who accomplished what no Southland Conference member had since 1989 by advancing to Round 2 of the NCAAs, finished with a 31-4 season record. Texas will advance to the Sweet Sixteen with a 23-6 record. The 2006 Southland Conference champions will be honored with a cake and ice cream reception Wednesday afternoon at the SFA Fieldhouse at the north end of Homer Bryce Stadium. The public is invited to the reception to be held at 3:30 p.m. -