SFA Blows By Demons
Sept. 29, 2008
NATCHITOCHES, La. - After a slow start, the Ladyjack volleyball team kicked it into gear and won its eighth straight match by rollingd by the Northwestern State Demons 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-11) at the P.E. Majors Gym on Monday.
It was the 33rd consecutive win for SFA (10-2, 2-0) over Northwstern State (5-6, 1-2), having never lost to the Demons under head coach Debbie Humphreys. Lauren Railey led the way with 11 kills, moving her past Aubrey Duncan and Brittany Burton into sixth all-time at SFA with 1,379.
The Demons made things tough in the first set, leading as late as 17-16 before the Ladyjacks put together an eight-point run to take a firm hold of the lead. Laurel Kuepker picked up nine digs in the set while Railey added five kills on 15 tries.
Set two was a different story as SFA took control early and didn't let up, leading by as much as 14 points in rolling to a 25-11 win heading into the locker room. SFA hit .276 in the set behind three kills apiece from Railey, Kelsey Owens and Ashley Bailey, who added three blocks in the frame as well.
Whitney Schott opened up the third set with the first ace by either team and the Ladyjacks would not trail in the final stanza, hitting .433 behind five kills from MC Bottles seven more combined from Bailey and Railey.
Overall the Ladyjacks got a balanced effort across the board, including Schott adding 33 assists to her total in the three sets. Kupeker was also everywhere form her libero spot, picking up 21 digs on the evening and SFA outblocked the Demons13-2 behind six total blocks by Bailey.
Defensively SFA bottled up the Demons top hitter, Yelena Enwere, to only four kills on 22 tries with eight errors on the evening. She came leading the SLC with over four kills per set and was also ranked in the top 10 in attack percentage.
The Ladyjacks hit the court again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against McNeese State in Nacogdoches, only the second home match thus far for SFA after four earlier matches were canceled due to Hurrcane Ike.